On November 30, 2000, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) was established in its current form. SEMARNAT focuses on promoting a national environmental protection policy to protect natural resources and to mitigate pollution, loss of ecosystems and biodiversity. One of the offices in SEMARNAT is the General Office of Climate Change Policies.
Recent events in Mexico have influenced and impacted this office. Specifically, on October 10th, 2012, the General Law on Climate Change (Spanish acronym: LGCC) entered into force. This law guarantees the right of access to a healthy environment by regulating the emissions of greenhouse gases and compounds, as well as regulating the mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
Additionally, on March 27, 2015, Mexico announced its 2030 carbon emissions targets making its international commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. In this context, SEMARNAT is further focused on ensuring Mexico’s climate change policies focus on reducing carbon emissions, mitigating climate change and promoting renewable, clean and/or efficient energy.
To further these aims and regional cooperation, SEMARNAT entered into an MOU with the State of California of the United States on July 2014, of which one of the components is climate change and cooperation, recognizing this is an international issue which crosses borders. USAID has been providing technical assistance and support to SEMARNAT through various programs.
In order to support SEMARNAT’s General Office for Climate Change Policy’s expanded workload, mandate and responsibilities, USAID will provide additional technical assistance in the form of an adviser seconded to SEMARNAT for one year (the award is for 14 months to allow for recruitment efforts but the adviser should be provided as soon as possible and for a period of 12 months).
The Adviser will serve as a full-time adviser to the General Office for Climate Change Policy in SEMARNAT, providing technical assistance on issues related to Mexico’s National Emissions Registry, international coordination, and the design of a potential national emissions trading system.