Building the Evidence Base for Strategic Action on Climate Change: Mexico City's Virtual Climate Change Centre

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Olinca Marino, Consultant

The Mexico City Government has identified a number of strategic adaptive actions that need to be taken to react to these climatic changes (GDF 2008). Short­term, extreme event­ related actions include: implementation of a metropolitan hydro­meteorological monitoring and forecasting system; micro­basin management of urban ravines; assistance to people who are identified as specifically vulnerable to extreme climate events; epidemiological monitoring; protection and recovery of native crops; and remote detection and monitoring of forest fires during the dry season. Actions for a medium­ term response – which also encompass actions on mitigation of emissions – include: growth and improvement of public transportation and the transformation of vehicle technology; the efficient use of energy in buildings, industrial facilities, public lighting systems, water pumping systems, and homes; the exploitation of renewable energy sources; the rational use of water, as well as the reduction of waste generation and the promotion of an effective waste management system.

But such strategic actions require a sound evidence base, and also the opportunities for discussion among relevant stakeholders. In order to support this, in 2008, a Virtual Centre on Climate Change was created (Centro Virtual de Cambio Climático de la Ciudad de México – CVCCCM). The rationale for the Centre was that it would provide not just evidence and advice to policy­makers, but also help inform broader society – always enabled by ICT-­based networks and other digital tools (Conde et al.