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Energy Modelling for the Agricultural Sector A Summary of the SATIM Model Methodology

"This policy brief aims to communicate the methods used by researchers to model possible outcomes of different actions to curb GHG emissions associated with agriculture. Climate change has clear and obvious impacts on agricultural production. In t...

Equitable Access to Sustainable Development in a Carbon Constrained World

"This brief outlines a range of principles and criteria to ensure equitable access to sustainable development in the face of global climate change. Based on work by experts from Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC countries) as a con...

Towards an Understanding of the Variables that affect Implementation of Mitigation Actions

"One key focus of current climate discourse is the need to raise the level of ambition of collective emission reductions in order to protect the climate (UNEP, 2012). Any emission reductions outlined, however, remain hollow gestures unless transla...

Guidelines for the Selection of Long-Range Energy Systems Modelling Platforms to Support MAPS Processes

"A number of countries in South America, including Peru, Brazil, Chile and Colombia are collaborating on long-term national climate planning through the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) platform. Under MAPS, countries explore different...

Mitigation Actions in South Africa

"The country study aims to deepen our understanding of mitigation activity in South Africa, particularly with regard to how the country approaches, describes and defines mitigation actions. It considers three main areas of enquiry from a bottom-up...

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, ...

Social-Psychology, Equity and Climate Change Negotiations

"The fundamental proposition of this work is that the current discussion of equity at the international level has overlooked the central importance of psychology: how people feel about fairness may be as, or more important, in climate negotiations...

Internalising Mitigation Activities into the Development Priorities and Approaches of Developing Countries Proceedings of the Forum on Development and Mitigation

This paper comprises several documents which was compiled for the Development and Mitigation Forum. A review of sustainable development assessment literature that could be applied to NAMAs discusses the theoretical considerations on sustainabilit...

Review of Linked Modelling of Low-Carbon Development, Mitigation and its Full Costs and Benefits

This paper reviewed the modelling applications and models aimed at low carbon development. The conclusions and key messages follow from the literature on the state-of-the-art of models; variety of modelling studies, especially those focused on dev...

Mitigation Potential in the Agriculture Sector The Case of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South Africa

Agriculture, which is a substantial source of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions is also key to rural livelihoods and economic development in many developing countries in Africa and South America. This paper examines the socio-economic importance of...

Energy Security in South Africa

This paper begins by addressing the concept of energy security and its complexity, advocating for a broad conceptualisation of energy security based on the World Energy Council’s tenets of accessibility, availability and acceptability. The Depart...

The (Missing) Link : Climate Change Mitigation and Poverty

"The purpose of this paper, that focuses on the gaps between poverty reduction and climate mitigation, is fourfold: The first task is to remind us why, even under conditions of extreme poverty, climate mitigation cannot be ignored or overlooked. ...

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