VEGA Member the Institute of International Education (IIE) is implementing an exciting new Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP) in Mexico to address climate change. This program funded by USAID through VEGA provides the government of Mexico’s Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) with a special adviser on climate change for a year-long volunteer assignment. EMDAP Mexico Adviser Sean Donovan brings extensive knowledge and experience to this position having worked on the emissions trading program for the state of California—the world’s sixth largest economy—for nearly four years prior to joining EMDAP. In that role, Mr. Donovan also worked with SEMARNAT on a carbon pricing program. As a volunteer expert, Mr. Donovan is uniquely qualified to provide technical assistance and increase cooperation on climate change at a critical time.
In 2015, Mexico announced its 2030 carbon emissions targets making an 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. Through this EMDAP partnership, the U.S. and Mexico are working to meet these goals and increasing cooperation on the global threat of climate change.
In fact, VEGA Members’ volunteers have worked around the globe, providing technical assistance on a range of climate change challenges, including adaptation, clean energy, sustainable landscapes and integration and mitigation. There are 18 VEGA Members with diverse climate change experience. Examples include assisting with clean energy in national rural electrification programs in Bangladesh and Liberia to lowering emissions in Asia’s forests to assisting Tibetans with sustainable environmental resources for economic growth.