Days two and three were then all about working in groups and intensive dialogue within the climate partnerships. The manual for designing the joint programmes of action was presented, and participants formed smaller groups to study it in depth. This was followed in the afternoon by an excursion to Münster's Rieselfelder nature reserve, a wetland on the city's former wastewater irrigation scheme. On the final day expert input was provided by Moritz Schmidt, LAG 21 NRW, who held a lecture on the topic of Germany's climate change policy and the role of municipalities.
The breakout groups that followed focused on the challenges created in municipalities by climate change, and strategies and projects to address them. Potential actors for the respective climate partnerships were identified, and presented to their partners. The final day also focused on technical details and conditions for the respective climate partnerships, as well as continued cooperation – with a particular focus on the next steps for designing the programmes of action.
Immediately before the kick-off workshop – or immediately after it – the delegations from the African and Latin American municipalities took the opportunity to visit their respective German partner municipalities. For many delegates this was a good opportunity to gain a better impression of their partner municipality, build face-to-face relationships and explore possible topics for joint cooperation. Participants were also able to agree specific details on the upcoming reciprocal missions by municipal experts.
To conclude, in summary we can say that the foundations for the climate partnerships in the seventh phase of the project, and thus for cooperation in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation, were successfully laid – across countries and continents, at a historic location.