Project Progress

Project status to date (June 2016)

The Project has accomplished the targets set in the work plan by the end of the seventh six-months reporting period (up to the end of June 2016) and has advanced in all of its components, noting that upon the termination of the 36 months’ project period, an 18 months’ extension was granted to start in December 2015.

 
The main achievements of the CES-MED project, for the last 42 months are:
 
the establishment of the Rabat and Beirut project offices; the selection and affiliation of 26 cities/municipalities in eight countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia, adding the affiliation of three Libyan cities in the first 6 months of the project) and including two Governorates (regions) that have joined the CES-MED project in Egypt early 2015. The work in Libya was suspended due to the political situation, even though in 2013 we had started activities but due to worsening security conditions work has stopped.
 
Moreover, additional cities and municipalities have expressed their desire to join CES-MED and/or have prepared SEAPs individually and/or joined the CoM. 
 
Upon the appointment of a Focal Point, a National Coordination Group (NCG), formed of key national authorities, was created in seven countries and have been actively involved in the implementation of the project’s activities. In the eighth country, Egypt, the national focal point (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) is leading and guiding the project’s activities, associating key authorities, and the representation of the NCG is embodied within the administration of the two selected Governorates that have joined CES-MED, whereby their municipal teams act as the central authorities representatives in the framework of CES-MED activities. 
 
The 23 cities/municipalities and Governorates affiliated to CES-MED (apart from Libya) have participated in two SEAP training workshops and each of the 18 cities, that have prepared SEAPs, has additionally attended a Citizens Awareness and Promotion Planning (CAPP) Training workshop. The holding of these two workshops is planned as part of the preparation of the SECAPs in Egypt and Jordan.
 
Seven "Recommended National Sustainable Urban and Energy Savings Actions" reports were prepared in seven countries and were approved by the National Focal Points and the NCGs. The preparation has started in Egypt. The Reports are being reviewed and updates with emphasis on setting up the SSMs and facilitate funding, specially that a list of approximately 90 well described Project Fiches are produced and ready to be considered for financing.
 
The awareness raising component of the 18 SEAPs were prepared as final step by the CES-MED communication expert. During the preparation of this component, the participation of the municipal teams was also assured following the Project’s on-the-job training approach. 
On-the-job training participatory workshops were conducted in each city along the 18 SEAPs’ formulation. This has assured the contribution and involvement of LAs in the development of the SEAPs and their adoption as part of the cities’ development plans. The 18 SEAPs are available on our web-site.
 
Partnership with NCGs have assured the adherence and backing of national authorities to the SEAPs’ preparation (and would later support their implementation) and for the establishment of a SEAP Support Mechanism (SSM) per country. The objective has been to institute the replicable provision of SEAPs, fully supported by central authorities at a national level.
 
In six countries (plus foreseen for Jordan and Egypt), national authorities have confirmed their will to build up the SSM and a structure has been proposed 
CoM future coordinators and supporters for each country, who would also act as SEAP national coordinators, were first identified from among members of the NCGs and other actors and listed in the National Recommendation reports. Due to the current discussions that foresee the change of COM into COM Global with regional affiliation (COM-MED), the roles of COM coordinators and supporters may need to be clarified. At this stage, their roles are related to establishing the SSM to facilitate the replication of the SEAPs.
 
CES-MED has regularly informed the EIB, AFD, UfM and the World Bank of CES-MED’s cities/municipalities’ needs, the project’s engagement to prepare SEAPs, and has shared the plans and their Project Fiches, promoting the cities’ readiness to cooperate with development organisations and benefits from funding facilities. The aim has been to promote the financing of SEAP actions and to facilitate future cooperation and/or funding. 
Discussions in several countries have demonstrated that CES-MED cities and municipalities can benefit from grants allocated for technical assistance and capacity building, including to prepare SEAPs and possibly to prepare feasibility studies of SEAPs’ actions. The first externally financed city to prepare a SEAP was Menjez in Lebanon, which benefited from a EUR 15,000 grant from the CHAMS EU funded project. A second grant was offered to Achkout city in Lebanon, which also prepared its own SEAP.
 
Complementarity has been sought between the CES-MED project and the UPFI programme. The objective is to integrate or relate – whenever feasible - SEAPs projects to UPFIs led by AFD in the cities of Sfax, Agadir, Sousse, Kairouan, Esna (part of Luxor Governorate), Nablus, Aqaba and Beirut; and/or to instruct - as part of the SEAP Vision and Strategy – the application of sustainable energy measures (such as those proposed by the SEAPs) in UPFI projects. 
The CES-MED comprehensive “Information Kit” was prepared in three languages incorporating the Guidebook for the preparation of a SEAP for ENPI South countries, a CAPP guidebook, BEI preparation manuals, the "Recommended National Sustainable Urban and Energy Savings Actions" report per country, and COM explanatory documents (official texts and Adhesion Form). The Information Kit has been widely disseminated and have been used in Help-Desk support, as well as in the preparation of SEAPs.
 
CES-MED collaborated with JRC at the start of activities. Through this collaboration the Centre conducted training for the CES-MED Team and in two CES-MED workshops: one in Algeria and the other in Israel. CES-MED’s Key Energy Expert and two external experts fulfilled the role of technical expert in the workshops that were not attended by JRC. When JRC did not attend, CES-MED still used JRC’s presentation to maintain consistency. It is planned to call upon JRC after the preparation of the SEAPs to seek its guidance and pre-approval.
 
The “Help Desk” support for selected municipalities has been performed through permanent advice and guidance as part of the capacity building exercise in preparing the SEAPs. Full-fledged Help Desk was additionally offered in preparing the Action Fiches of five priority projects per each SEAP; and the train-while-you-do preparation of the awareness raising component. 
 
The CES-MED website was developed gradually and is regularly updated in Arabic, English and French. Communication material, including adapted presentations and brochures are regularly produced and updated in the three languages. Following the extension of the project, a restructuring plan of the website was prepared. An updated website was proposed and the “New” version was uploaded in early July. More work is ongoing to fine tune it.
A number of events have been attended by the CES-MED team since the start of the Project, whereby the projects’ activities were promoted, including (but not limited to): LCEC Conferences in Beirut; MED-ENEC (Sustainable Energy for New Urban Communities) workshop in Cairo;  ARLEM's meetings including the sixth Commission for Sustainable Development (SUDEV) in Marseilles; Beirut Energy Forums; the UFM’s Energy Division Extended Technical Committee (ETC) meeting and other UFM meetings; WSB14 conference in Barcelona; Switch-Med; and the Med-Desire meetings and others 
 
The project organised and actively participated in the EU-Morocco Climate Change week between 4 and 7 May 2015, parallel to the 4th Steering Committee meeting and together with the SUDEP project. The event was attended by over 50 participants, representing all municipalities and national focal points from both projects. As a follow-up event on 6 May, a High-level conference on Climate Change was held with more than 80 participants from the region. A third event that was organised during Climate Change Week was the signing ceremony for 24 municipalities who have joined the COM since 2013. Moreover, a special meeting of the CES-MED Focal Points, DG NEAR, UFM and CES-MED was held on May 7 to discuss the sustainability of the project, the countries requirements in terms of continuity of activities, and their expectations (see 1.3 for events attended in the reporting period).
 
A revised communication plan was prepared a at the start of the extension period. The senior expert has offered support and on-the-job training to the cities in the preparation of the awareness raising component of the 18 SEAPs. 
 
The SEAPs and the countries’ newsletters prepared by the project were uploaded to the website, which was fully restructured (new version launched early July). 
The holding of awareness raising events is planned for Lebanon (Menjez) and along COP 22 in Morocco; as well as in Tulkarem in Palestine. 
So far 42 municipalities have already adhered (in addition to Salé) to CoM; while 131 municipalities are planning to adhere to the CoM.

Summary of situation regarding adherence to COM:

So far 42 municipalities have already adhered (in addition to Salé) to CoM; while 131 municipalities are planning to adhere to the CoM.

List of cities that are engaged in Urban Projects Finance Initiative (UPFI) & cooperate with CES-MED:

Source: AFD

Urban Transport mobility in Rabat, Salé, Temara
Morocco
Salé is a COM member
Agadir BRT
Morocco
Agadir is affiliated to CES-MED
Sfax Taparura Development
Tunisia
Sfax is affiliated to CES-MED
Medinas Rehabilitation (including Kairouan)
Tunisia
Kairouan is affiliated to CES-MED
Relocation of Jericho public facilities
Palestine
Jericho is on CES-MED waitlist
Handicrafts Industrial Zone and Revitalization of Old City of Nablus
Palestine
Nablus is affiliated to CES-MED
Bethlehem development Initiative
Palestine
Bethlehem is on CES-MED wait list
Beirut new waterfront (Solidere)
Lebanon
Beirut is affiliated to CES-MED