Based in Seoul, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a model of economic growth known as “green growth”, which targets key aspects of economic performance such a poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and private sector to help build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change.
GGGI supports stakeholders through complementary and integrated workstreams – Green Growth Planning & Implementation and Knowledge Solutions – that deliver comprehensive products designed to assist in developing, financing, and mainstreaming green growth in national economic development plans.
Project Background and Objectives
The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (SEMARNAT), through its International Affairs Coordination Unit (UCAI), jointly with the Environment and Sustainability Commission of the State of Sonora (CEDES), requested GGGI’s support for the preparation of the Sonora’s Green Growth Strategy. This initiative aligns well with:
- Mexico’s National Development Plan, which includes green growth as one of its main strategies.
- The State Development Plan published by the Government of Sonora, which aims to enhance economic growth, competitiveness, and social wellbeing in the state, while improving environmental protection and services.
- GGGI’s strategic interest in supporting the evaluation and development of green growth strategic planning and public policy design and implementation in the four priority areas of energy, green cities, water and land use, as well as cross-cutting initiatives; particularly at the subnational level.
Supporting state and municipal governments in green growth planning and capacity building is important as many of the levers to exert change reside at the subnational level, including transport, water, solid waste, land use planning and zoning, building energy efficiency, among others. In addition, technical capabilities tend to be lower at the local level than at the federal level.
During the months of May and June 2016, GGGI held at least four meetings with representatives of the State of Sonora to develop a plan of action for the development of the Sonora Green Growth Strategy. In addition, conversations have been held with the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission (BECC) and other potential donors to seek their participation.
The Sonora Green growth plan will take into consideration relevant state documents, such as the State Development Plan published by the new government, and the State Climate Action Plan. The State Development Plan is built around six pillars, three of which are related directly to the three focus areas of green growth, namely “Cities with quality of life” (environment), “Economy with a future” (economic), and “All Sonoran people, all opportunities” (social inclusion).
Furthermore, the state plan will take into consideration, to the maximum degree possible, previous work conducted by GGGI in Mexico, namely as it relates to improving conditions for technological innovation, improvements to the concessions and financial models for public transport, and assessment of vulnerabilities to climate change at the municipal level.
Objectives/Purpose of the Assignment:
The project will be guided by the following logical framework:
OUTCOME: The State of Sonora, with GGGI’s support, prepares a Sonora Green Growth Plan defining a pathway toward green growth.
OUTPUT A: Scoping report identifying opportunity areas and defining a work-plan for the preparation of the Sonora Green Growth Plan.
OUTPUT B: Technical inputs for the preparation of the Sonora Green Growth Plan.
OUTPUT C: Support for the implementation of recommendations resulting from the Plan; subject to timeline to finalize the Plan.
During the remainder of 2016, GGGI will engage with SEMARNAT and the State of Sonora to deliver Output A, namely:
The delivery phase work-plan will be conducted in 2017 and 2018, and will be heavily based on the Green Growth Guidelines document (March 2016), adjusted to the state of Sonora. In addition, it will use the methodology for the Green Growth Plan for the State of Karnataka, India (which shall be shared with the selected Consultant). Other GGGI experiences conducting green growth strategies at the national level will be used, such as Peru and Jordan.
In general terms, the overall process as below:
Scope of Work:
The Consultant shall conduct the scoping phase and deliver Output A – Scoping report identifying areas of opportunities and defining a work-plan for the preparation of the Sonora Green Growth Plan. The Consultant shall complete the following main activities of the scoping phase:
The Consultant shall follow a work plan as follows:
The Consultant shall report to the Mexico Country Representative.
The Consultant shall provide:
All deliverables must be in Spanish and English, in accordance with GGGI’s formatting requirements, and submitted in hard copy and digital formats along with complete sets of raw data, research materials, and interview notes.