Under the Asia Low-Carbon cities Platform project, ICLEI JO recently published the brochure titled "Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) utilized through City-to-City Collaboration". Collaboration cases of Kitakyushu- Haiphong and Kawasaki-Yangon are featured. Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) utilized through City-to-City Collaboration
ICLEI Japan published the city catalog titled ”Low-carbon and Resilient cities-Local Governments in Japan".This catalog is a collection of various initiatives by Japanese local governments, aiming to become low-carbon and resilient cities. 『Low-carbon and Resilient cities-Local Governments in Japan』(PDF）
JO started to hold a regular member meeting “ICLEI Café” since June. This is a gathering aimed to serve as an opportunity for member officials to meet each other to share their experiences and ideas at practical level in an informal setting. We also invite experts as speakers on recent policy issues related to local government environmental agenda. The topic of the first meeting in June was “ICLEI strategy 2015-2021,” where the latest version of Seoul plan was closely reviewed, followed by in-depth group discussion. The second meeting was held in July under the theme of “New International Framework on Climate Change beyond 2020,” with an invited expert from Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). Making good use of the TV conference facility in our new office, we first experimented to have a remotely located city participate to the meeting in its third meeting held on Sep 16 under the theme of “National financial scheme to support local governments for their climate mitigation efforts.”
JO has been working with the ICLEI South East Asia Secretariat to promote community actions and city-to-city cooperation on climate change in the Philippines funded by the Japan Fund for Global Environment (JFGE). The main activity in this year as the project third and last year, is organization of the session at the Urban Environmental Accords (UEA) Summit held in Iloilo city, Philippine, from Sep 15-17, in order to present outcome of the project and to disseminate educational materials during the past project years. The preparation meeting was held July in Manila among JO, SEAS, and UEA secretariats. The session was held on 15th during the UEA, inviting city officials from Tubigon city and other climate related organization in the Philippines. From Japanese cities, Kumamoto city participated and introduced their experiences on water resource management and public awareness initiatives.
JO co-organized a study meeting with city of Kyoto o n Sep 3rd, inviting local governments and related organizations in Kyoto area on the theme of sustainable cities development. City of Kyoto recognized the importance and needs of information exchange and partnership with neighboring cities in the event of Kyoto International Environment Symposium held last November and initiated to hold this study meeting. The meeting was held inviting a speaker from the environmental policy bureau, Ministry of Environment who gave a presentation on national environmental policies with focus on the relations with local governments. JO Director Takashi Otsuka introduced about ICLEI and its programs. Eight cities and some other related organization gathered and it served to be a great opportunity for the participants to share experiences and ideas.
Working with ICLEI World Secretariat, JO held the first working meeting of the EU-Japan Municipal Dialogue on Urban Policy in Tokyo. The project is funded by the European Commission Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO). Delegations from four European cities, including Riga (Latvia), Leipzig (Germany), Växjö (Sweden), and Burgas (Bulgaria), visited Japan to exchange challenges and best practices on compact city development in light of an aging and declining population and low-carbon development with Japanese cities (Kitakyushu, Kumamoto, Shimokawa, and Toyama). On August 31 and September 1, ICLEI hosted a working meeting for the participating cities, which was attended also by representatives of DG REGIO and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, a partner of this project. The European cities then visited their respective partner Japanese cities from September 2 to 4 to further share their experiences and knowledge on the project themes.
The 7th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP 2015) organized by Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)and United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) was held on 28-29 July, and ICLEI JO supported the event as one of the partner organizations. Takashi Otsuka, JO director participated as a speaker in the session “Role of Cities under International Framework beyond Paris COP21” with cities representatives from Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Kitakyushu city and Yokohama city and exchange ideas on cities roles and ICLEI initiatives. JO also put up an ICLEI information booth in the exhibition area.
An inception workshop on JCM was held in Jakarta City, targeted at local municipalities