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Responding to Climate Change 2011

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Supporting the national climate change agenda in México

The Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Ecatepec

The Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Ecatepec
The Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Ecatepec

The Mexican’s National Development Plan (NDP), El Plan Nacional de Desarrollo de México, for 2007-2012 includes explicitly for the first time the topic of climate change. This presidential commitment includes federal programmes with climate change clauses. The NDP proposes two major objectives. One designed to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) and the other to promote measures to adapt to the effects of climate change.

The Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Ecatepec (TESE) is implementing these two major objectives along the lines of raising awareness and improving knowledge about climate change in different sectors and regions of the country. This agrees with Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that sets up the promotion and support of all countries in terms of education, training and public awareness about the phenomenon.

To this end, TESE is developing educational resources for different sectors and social actors that urgently require them. Specifically three lines of attention are identified: population awareness, identification of vulnerability and support of the industries developing of GHG inventories.

The impact of art

The Institute has organised an exhibition of a “mural course of climate change”, composed of 100 large photographs (1.20 x 1.80m). With minimum text, this pictorially conveys the consequences and practical suggestions to combat climate change, on a personal, community or national level. It is designed to be transported to different places and communities and the numbers of visitors show it has been very successful so far. In addition, the book Climate Change and Global Warming: Science, evidence, consequences and proposals to tackle them has been printed in 2,000 copies, and aims to be a broad introduction to the topic for the general public.

Additionally, TESE carries out research on the vulnerability to and risks of the impacts of climate change. From this research, different measures of adaptation to seasonal floods are produced, such as ways to avoid settling in high-risk areas.

TESE supports local industries with their GHG inventories, via the GHG Programme México (www.geimexico.org). This is a voluntary national accounting and reporting programme; its advisory committee includes the Confederation of the Industry Chamber (CONCAMIN) and the National Institute of Ecology (INE). It is supported by the Global Opportunities Fund of Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the UK, as well as the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

As a decentralised public entity, the university is located in Ecatepec and listed among the best institutions of higher education in the metropolitan area. It was created in September 1990 by state decree as a public agency with its own legal personality and was the first institution of its kind. Five years running, from 2004 to 2009, its degrees were certified by the government’s Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP). TESE belongs to the subsystem of Technological Institutes of the SEP. It operates through funding from federal and state governments and generates its own funds as well.

Educational institutions and universities face significant challenges in extending knowledge on climate change, but there is an opportunity to work together to change the climatic patterns of our world. No one alone and no nation separately will be able to succeed in this specifically global challenge, which is why TESE calls for other institutions to join, especially now there is a newly created network, Mexican Universities and Higher Education Institutions for Mitigation and Adaptation on Climate Change, of which TESE is a member.

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