Mexico - Aguascalientes
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Policy Environment Assessment
Mexico is the 11th most populated country in the world with an estimated population of 124,574,795 inhabitants and an annual population growth rate of 1.12% (CIA, 2018). The country is the 10th largest global GHG emitter accounting for 1.68% of global emissions. Nevertheless, it is the first developing country to pass a general Climate Change law and has voluntary pledged $10 million to the Green Climate Fund. In 2010, its national emissions in units of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-eq) amounted to 748,252.2 Gg, with an annual average growth rate of 1.5% (CICC, 2012). According to the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI, 2018), the country is performing relatively well (fig.3) in the policy category due to the actions taken by the government, such as the reduction of subsidies to fossil fuels, which leads to a high rating. However, its low-rated 2030 target for clean energy and its lack of compliance with the road below 2°C, makes Mexico one of the worst performing countries in the renewable energy section.
PILOT CONCEPT iIN AGUASCALIENTES
This project aims to promote active mobility of adolescents through the improvement of road safety at school areas and places where adolescents walk and cycle. The pilot project will be implemented in five out of the twelve schools analyzed in the first stage, and will be the basis to replicate the project in other schools in Aguascalientes.
In the state of Aguascalientes, adolescents aged 12 to 17 years represent 12.3% of the state population (INEGI, 2011). According to the Mexican Youth Institute (IMJUVE, 2017), young people in the country are “the best bet for an integral, fair and lasting development” due to their quantitative representation and their participation as actors of transformation and social renewal. Additionally, adolescence is a stage of physical and emotional changes during the transition from childhood to adulthood, where personality is defined, and independence is shaped (UNICEF, s.d.).
The project comprises five phases: research, merging, pilot, assessment and final design and implementation phase. The scope of the project involves the preliminary work, such as feasibility studies, project design and budgeting, until monitoring processes, and promotion of policy design to ensure continuity and scaling up of the project.