On June 24 this year, in Tbilisi, at the hotel Wyndham Grand Tbilisi was held the event “Municipalities for Sustainable Energy and Climate” within the framework of the third Extended Meeting of the Coordination Group of the Covenant of Mayors Signatory Municipalities.
The objective of the meeting was to discuss the main aspects of the draft Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAP) of the Covenant of Mayors’ signatory municipalities, share the experience gained by the municipalities and present the electronic system created for the preparation of action plans and data processing.
The audience was welcomed by Mr. Romeo Mikautadze, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Ms. Mzia Giorgobiani, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development of Georgia, Ms. Nino Tkhilava, Head of the Department of Environment and Climate Change of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Ms. Nino Latsabidze, Chair of the Coordination Group of the Covenant of Mayors Signatory Municipalities, Ms. Camila Piviali, United Nations Environment Programme representative, Ms. Sophiko Akhobadze, the director of the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus.
The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Covenant of Mayors signatory municipalities, donors, international and local non-governmental organizations and independent experts.
The meeting was dedicated to presenting the process of development of the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAP) written within the project and getting acquainted with the results achieved. The municipality representatives shared their experiences, challenges and results achieved with the audience during the Q&A segment.
At the end of the meeting, the representatives of the municipalities involved in the project were awarded certificates for their significant contribution to the development of Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans.
The event was held within the project “Integrated Transparency Framework”, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project is initiated by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA), implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and implemented by the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus).