The Asia LEDS Partnership (ALP) Secretariat, hosted by ICLEI South Asia and other ICLEI offices in the region, is in its second year of operation. Efforts are afoot to enhance the membership by not only reaching out to country and provincial members but also to other partners in the region. In a move aimed at the same, the Secretariat representatives recently concluded a series of meetings with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA).
Member countries have identified financing of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) as an immediate area of required support. Responding to this need, the ALP Secretariat, in partnership with CDIA, has planned to conduct a webinar on a planning and project prioritization toolkit which will enable countries and provinces to shortlist viable projects based on multiple criteria. Also, officials from the Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management Division, Asian Development Bank have given inputs to the 2017 work plan. The Secretariat has also received inputs from the Steering Committee and is in the process of finalising the work plan for 2017-2018.