Climate change mitigation and adaptation requires concerted action at multiple levels and by different actors. Climate change challenges are directly experienced at the local level and therefore, sub-national authorities (states, provinces, municipalities, cities) have a key role to play in actively incorporating climate change considerations into policies, planning and investment. For instance, adaptation to climate change is very site-dependent, and local planning decisions will be critical to tailor almost every single adaptation action to the conditions in which it will take place. Similarly, 50% to 80% of Green House Gas emissions are influenced by local behavior and investment choices. At the same time, global climate change action creates opportunities for fostering a green economy at the sub-national level.
TACC in a Nutshell
The Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC) is a partnership between United Nations organizations and sub-national governments. Its overall objective is to increase resilience to climate change impacts and to reduce emissions in sub-national territories in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
TACC was launched at the first World Summit of Regional Governments on Climate Change in Saint-Malo, France in October 2008. Eight associations of sub-national governments representing more than 1,000 sub-national governments signed a partnership agreement with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Within the UN, the partnership includes collaboration with the UN Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) and UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
TACC is implemented through two streams of activities, including:
- Awareness raising workshops involving regional groupings of sub-national authorities. This stream of activities is led by UNEP.
- Projects at the sub-national level to develop low emission and climate resilient development plans. This stream of activities is led by UNDP and relevant activities are now integrated in UNDP’s assistance to countries to formulate and implement green, low-emission and climate-resilient development strategies (Green LECRDS).