Morocco has launched a so-called Sub-national Climate Finance Expertise Program (PEFCLI) aimed at building and implementing a national strategy to fund projects for environmental resilience.The scheme which is being implemented in partnership with all actors in the financing chain was jointly launched by the Moroccan Interior Ministry and the World Fund for Cities Development (FMDV).
It was in partnership with the Moroccan Association of the Municipal Councils Presidents (AMPCC) and the Association of Moroccan Regions (ARM), the Director General of Local Authorities Khalid Safir told a press conference on the margins of the ongoing Africities Summit in Marrakech on Wednesday.
Through this tool, the creation of a national space for dialogue and expertise, fed through operational ramifications, has the major advantage of centralizing information at the national level, training territorial frameworks, exchanging experiences between locally elected officials and creating national and local expertise in the fight against climate change, he said in the presence of the Secretary of State for Sustainable Development, Ms. Nezha El Ouafi.
Local and regional authorities are thus fully committed to the objectives set by the kingdom at COP21 in Paris and reiterated at COP22 in Marrakech, he pointed out.
The signatories to the programme, which will be presented at COP24 and at the 2019 Climate Summit, are committed to promoting and expanding PEFCLI at continental level.
According to Ms. El Ouafi, the programme is based on an integrated approach that will allow consultation with donors in order to encourage local authorities to mobilize and step up their efforts to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.
“Climate change is a silent threat that directly impacts sectors of activity,” she said, adding that the scheme is likely to support local authorities in confronting this destructive scourge.