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Recommendations for localising NDCs

The main tool to turn the global goals of the Paris Agreement into action are the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Local governments across the globe have primary authority over about one third of the potential for urban climate change mitigation, therefore they have a great impact on implementing the NDCs.  However, many local governments are still not tapping this potential, and a series of recommendations can help to move towards a localisation of NDCs and to improve governance capacities / instruments for multi-level climate governance.

Action Planning

A climate change action plan describes short to long term strategy, including strategic goal, operational targets and specific measures, to reduce GHG emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change at your local level. It should be based on your own realities and consider the most pressing challenges.  

Data for climate indicators

It is often said that you can only manage what you can measure. Indicators describe the status quo of local sustainability and thus form the basis for the development of targets, which in turn form the “heart” of a strategy. Indicators measure the achievement of objectives and thus map the success of a strategy. Different data sets are needed in order to build the indicators, and it is important to understand what data sets are available at the local level.