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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 ma…

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 subsi…

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 t…

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 devel…

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 t…

Operationalising an Equity Reference Framework in the Climate Change Regime Legal and Technical Perspectives

"This paper identifies legal, architectural and technical options for the operationalisation of the ERF in climate change regime. Section 2 of this paper outlines the design of the process by which the ERF, which contains technical and diplomatic…

Financing a Transition to Climate Resilient Green Economies

"This briefing takes the climate finance landscape framework developed by the Climate Policy Initiative and outlines how public policymakers in several countries are using it to support CRGE investments. We draw on evidence and analysis emerging fro…

European Experiences with Burden Sharing in Climate Change Lessons Learned for the Post-2020 Negotiations

"Substantial differences exist between the situation around the 1997 EU burden sharing discussions and the current discussions on international climate change agreements for 2020. Here we discuss the main differences that are relevant for the identi…

Information for a Developmental Approach to Mitigation : Linking sectoral and Economy Wide Models for Brazil, Chile and Colombia, Peru and South Africa

In this paper, the central methodological challenge addressed is that of linking detailed models of sectors with economy wide models. Combining the two approaches holds promise of addressing short and long term technological change as well as econo…

Information for a Developmental Approach to Mitigation Linking Sectoral and Economy Wide Models for Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South Africa

"Policy-­makers in developing countries are concerned with charting the development path of their economy and society. Providing information on the potential socio-economic benefits of a transition to a low-carbon society requires improved tools t…

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 th…

Climate Change: An African Response

"Most Africans depend directly on agriculture and natural resources for their livelihood, and yet these livelihoods are threatened by the most important atmospheric phenomena in sub-Saharan Africa, which is climate change. Ironically, and relatively…

Solar Technologies and Forced Draft Cookstoves: Key to Household Contribution towards Low Carbon Development in Kenya

"Lack of access to modern and clean forms of energy in most African countries remains a major challenge in cutting down greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere. The critical role energy plays in facilitating social-economic development…

The Governance of Climate Finance in Africa, Asia and Latin America : Some Critical Reflections

"Climate finance,if democratically governed, can play an important role in assisting vulnerable peoples and communities to withstand and adapt to the impacts of climate change. As the climate finance regime is developing, this policy brief explo…

The Triple Crisis and the Global Aid Architecture

"The global economy is passing through a period of profound change. The immediate concern is with the financial crisis, originating in the North. The South is affected via lower commodity prices, reduced private financial flows, and falling remittan…

COP 17: What Role for South Africa as an Agent of Change?

"South Africa, in partnership with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will play a key role in managing the 17th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 17) intergovernmental negotiations from 28 November to 5 December 2011. B…

Sources of Finance in the International Climate Change Regime

"Public sources first and foremost: the initial $100 billion dollars to capitalise the Green Climate Fund should come from public sources. While developed countries claim there is no money, resources have been found to bail out big banks, subsidise …

Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with Achieving Universal Access to Electricity in South Africa

"Climate change, energy security and achieving universal electricity access for all households are all pressing issues that South Africa must address. These objectives need not be trade-offs, however, and achieving electricity access for the poor do…

Large-Scale Rollout of Concentrating Solar Power in South Africa

"As part of Climate Strategies ‘International Support for Domestic Climate Policies’ project this paper assesses the large-scale rollout of CSP in South Africa. Described as a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA), the scale of CSP deploym…

External Cost of Electricity Generation: Contribution to the Integrated Resource Plan 2 for Electricity

"The international studies on energy externalities and the local studies in South Africa suggest that the high impact areas for power generation are impacts of climate change and health impacts of outdoor air pollution. Climate change impacts are b…

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