Mexico City, September 12, 2013 – This morning, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mexico Mission Director, Thomas R. Delaney, joined Mr. Graco Ramirez, the Governor of Morelos State, to sign a Letter of Intention between the organization and the state government.

USAID will provide technical assistance through the Mexico Low Emissions Development Program (MLED Program) to support the analysis and implementation of strategies to foster low emissions development policies at the state.

Climate Change Action Plan

Mr. Delaney stated that USAID has worked for over 20 years in a wide range of environmental issues in Mexico, with actions including the conservation and sustainable management of natural resources, watersheds and energy, as well as addressing problems of climate change and generating sustainable economic opportunities for rural communities.

He emphasized USAID’s commitment to the new partnership, as working with the federal entities reinforce the possibility to implement comprehensive emissions reduction: “Experts from all levels agree that an effective national policy on climate change should ensure harmonization between local, state and national levels. We also recognize this need, and MLED Program includes specific tasks focused on capacity building and mitigation programs of climate change at the state level”.

The Government of Morelos will develop a comprehensive effort statewide, with the integration of a broad working group, including civil society, universities and research centers, NGOs, entrepreneurs, communities and municipal authorities.

In addition to the high level of commitment promised by Morelos, there are additional advantages and reasons for MLED to pursue working with this state:

  • The leadership staff of the Morelos Secretary for Sustainable Development has a proven track record in the area of clean energy and environment.
  • Morelos is concentrated in research and development centers, a number of these in renewable energy and climate change mitigation.
  • Morelos is a member of the Mexico Valley´s Metropolitan Zone, working with Mexico City and the State of Mexico in environmental issues in the valley.
  • There is a significant GHG emissions reduction potential in the sugar and manufacturing industries in this state; both potentially replicable nationwide.