This month, UNEP DTU Partnership invited Moroccan practitioners from the government, service provider and NGOs to a two-day workshop building capacity for climate action.
The aim of the workshop, organised with the help of the Ministry of Environment of Morocco, was to provide a thorough understanding of climate finance, and the tools associated with it, to more effectively address the challenges of the Moroccan Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement.
By building capacity on enhancing finance for climate action and the actions laid out in the NDC, the workshop not only addressed challenges, but aimed to boost the application of the NDC, and thus climate mitigation and adaptation in Morocco.
The workshop took place under the Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) project.
Focus on concrete issues
The workshop opened with a description of basic financing principles and climate action. The participants then received knowledge on how to organise a climate action business case, which type of funding instrument to use, how to calculate the cost of climate action, how to assess feasibility, viability, and bankability of a climate project, how to carry out a cost-benefit analysis as well as a multi-criteria analysis.
The GACMO model developed by UNEP-DTU Partnership was also presented, as a useful rapid assessment tool to measure emissions and evaluate the cost of emission reduction.
Following the wishes of the Moroccan stakeholders, a strong focus was given to concrete issues faced in Morocco. Examples were drawn from the Moroccan Technology Needs Assessment carried out by UNEP-DTU Partnership, and the keys provided by the presentations were oriented towards tackling the Updated Moroccan NDCs of 2021.
Local capacity building
35 Moroccan participants from ministries, government research and development agencies, utility and energy service providers and local NGOs joined the workshop.
The workshop was based on tailor-made content provided prior to the workshop.
Each afternoon concluded with a session of exercises: one the themes of multi-criteria Analysis, the other on Cost Benefit Analysis. The exercises were carried out in small discussion groups and followed by a discussion on the topic with a UNEP-DTU Partnership expert.