Mexican Government and IDB to invest $13.7 million to improve climate change mitigation and adaptation abilities in three cities

The funds, from a Global Environmental Facility grant, will be earmarked for cities participating in the Emerging and Sustainable Cities program 

As part of the Global Environmental Facility’s (GEF) Sustainable Cities Pilot project, the Government of Mexico, assisted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in its capacity as a GEF implementing agency, will receive a $13.7 million grant that will be invested in actions to improve solid waste, clean energy production, and sanitation management in the cities of Xalapa, La Paz and Campeche. Mexico’s Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos (BANOBRAS) will be in charge of executing the actions in the selected cities. 

The project will help improve the ability of the three cities to adapt to, and mitigate the effects of climate change. The interventions, prioritized under the IDB’s Emerging and Sustainable Cities (ESC) methodology, will benefit more than 600,000 people: 

In Xalapa, the project will finance the design, construction and startup of a biodigester plant to treat the organic component of solid waste. This facility will receive 200 tons of municipal solid waste a day and will have an installed capacity of 450 Kw, which means it will reduce an average 5,127 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions annually. 

In La Paz, photovoltaic solar energy plants will be installed to supply seven public buildings and two schools, reducing energy costs, diversifying the energy matrix and reducing emissions by 37,900 tons of CO2 during the plants’ life cycle. The energy generated is forecast to cover 48.2 percent of the electricity consumption of the buildings during the plants’ first year of operation, which will translate into nearly 2.2 billion pesos in savings for the municipality and the state government. 

In Campeche, the project will finance research for a cleanup of the bay, which will include cost estimates and feasibility studies for investments in sewerage systems and sanitation, storm drainage, recovery of the coastal port area, and mangrove conservation. These actions will help with rehabilitation of the bay, reducing health risks for the population and improving the tourism appeal of the city, which has been designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO. 

Additionally, the grant will finance workshops and activities to strengthen the technical abilities of public officials, and will provide support for communications and outreach efforts to educate the public on the project’s implementation. These actions will benefit the cities, states, national agencies and other stakeholders, and will ensure the interventions’ sustainability and promote their replicability.

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