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Thoughts on the Choice of Form of an INDC

Countries have to choose a specific form with which to express their contribution in the context of adopting the new climate agreement under the UNFCCC in 2015. The form and the way it is communicated and visualized, is distinct from the scale of ...

Geneva was Quick – but How Deep Will Paris Go?

In this blog, the climate negotiation process and following agreements were briefly discussed. Ideas on key areas by all delegates/negotiators were put on the table – on mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology, capacity‐building and transpare...

How Low Can you Go? Climate Talks in Lima

The meetings in Lima, Peru took place from 1 to 12 December 2014 being the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP10). It was formally the 20th session of the Conference of th...

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Hunger, Poverty, Inequality and Climate Change Mitigation

This paper outlines some key reflections from the Development and Mitigation Forum, hosted by the MAPS Programme in Cape Town in January 2014. The paper argues that the mitigation community needs to shift towards putting development first in o...

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Adressing Land Use Change in South Africa

For many years in the climate change discussions and policy making processes, the impacts of land use changes on climate variability have been overlooked. Given the significant impact of land use change on livelihoods, it is high time that the is...

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Transport

Reflections on Transport Development is being given in this short paper. Specifically : How it was portrayed in the forum on Development and Mitigation and the ways in which it is argued differently in the ‘sustainable transport’ field. The focus ...

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Cities

Briefly summarized in the first section of the note is the current discourse on city development, indicating both the importance of cities to climate mitigation as well as the fact that climate mitigation is increasingly seen as a key component...

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Employment

A central theme of the Forum was to address the problem of the climate change mitigation and development debates taking place in separate silos. Most of the participants were working primarily on climate change mitigation but were clearly awa...

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Trade and Industrial Policy

Competitiveness can be summarized as the area of trade and industrial policy. Industrial policy operates on a continuum of definitions, largely determined by the scope and range of the country’s plan for industrial development. Industrial policy ...

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Energy Security

This brief focus on one dimension of energy security namely access to affordable electricity or for that matter energy poverty. Energy security and climate change have similar impacts: suffering of the poor, community devastation, escalating socia...

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Public Financial Management

Subsidisation is not the only or even main form of climate finance. Currently a large share of such flows is private investment in commercially viable renewable energy projects and the like. But such investments are also closely related to sub...

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Informality, Urban Poverty and Community Organisation

"Urbanisation over the last four decades has created highly segregated and unequal cities. Neoliberal policies, through international trade agreements, have weakened rural and agrarian societies and created a strong pull factor to the cities, ...

Agricultural Emissions Mitigation : Understanding Modelling and Policy Implications

"Climate change has clear and obvious impacts on agricultural production. In turn, the agricultural sector also contributes to emissions. Agriculture contributes 50% of global methane (CH4) emissions, 60% of global nitrous oxide (N²0) emissions ...

Energy Modelling for the Transport Sector A Summary of the SATIM Methodology

"Energy economy environment models such as TIMES are often used to look at opportunities and costs of reducing greenhouse gasses (GHGs). The South African TIMES model (SATIM) has been developed for this purpose and its methodology is documented on...

Equitable Access to Sustainable Development Relevance to Negotiations and Actions on Climate Change

"This paper reflects on the basis and relevance of equitable access to sustainable development (EASD) in the UNFCCC negotiations and on the various perspectives and approaches to achieve fairness in the implementation of the Convention. It neither...

Reducing Inequality and Poverty while Mitigating Climate Change Key Challenges for Research and Practice in Middle Income Countries in Africa and Latin America

"What is the relationship between emissions, inequality and poverty? Growing wealth supposedly correlates with increasing emissions. Rich countries are historically high in per capita emissions, whereas poor countries have low per capita emiss...

Poverty and Climate Change Mitigation A Brief Inspiration

"This brief presents the concept of poverty alleviating mitigation actions as a framework to rethink the way programs and policies for reducing emissions are structured in order to reduce both poverty and emissions. To effectively achieve bot...

Low Carbon Development & Poverty: Exploring Poverty Alleviating and Mitigation Action in Developing Countries

"Climate change and poverty generally fall into the adaptation category in current research literature and policymaking. If we acknowledge current findings of poverty research, we find that this separation between mitigation and adaptation does...

Energy Modelling for the Industrial Sector: A Summary of the SATIM Methodology

"The industrial sector in South Africa accounted for 40% of final energy consumption in 2006 and is, in general, energy intensive, being dominated by heavy industries in the mining and metals refining sub-sectors. Mitigation actions designed aroun...

Understanding the Interface between LCDs, NAMAs and Mitigation Actions

"The expert discussion in this Briefing has identified issues and questions for future research by considering the concepts and their interface from the domestic perspective of a developing country. MAPS will explore some of these further through...

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