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Mitigating Climate Change Through Carbon Pricing: An Emerging Policy Debate in South Africa

"South Africa is considering how best to contribute its fair share to the global effort to mitigate climate change. The domestic policy debate is characterized by a vibrant engagement involving government, business, labour and civil society. The p...

What Factors Influence Mitigative Capacity?

"This article has sought to build on Yohe’s seminal piece on mitigative capacity, which elaborates ‘determinants’ of mitigative capacity, also reflected in the IPCC’s third assessment. We propose a revised definition, where mitigative capacity is...

Sustainable Development Policies and Measures: Institutional Issues and Electrical Efficiency in South Africa

"Climate change is a global problem requiring the cooperation of all countries in order to be addressed effectively. This article outlines and proposes a pledge by developing countries to implement sustainable development policies and measures (he...

Climate Change

"The POLICY FORUM in this edition illuminates one of the most pressing issues of the day – Climate Change – and specifically its impact on sub-Saharan Africa. Climate change, sometimes referred to as global warming, in the context of environment...

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 ...

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...

Climate Change and Poverty Reduction

"Climate change will make it increasingly difficult to achieve and sustain development goals. This is largely because climate effects on poverty remain poorly understood, and poverty reduction strategies do not adequately support climate resilienc...

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 25 No 1

This journal issue comprises several articles. The first article 'An indicative assessment of investment opportunities in the African electricity supply sector' discusses a cost optimization tool to assess investment opportunities with regard to G...

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...

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...

Southern Africa's Dryland Forests, Climate Change and the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus

The overarching objective of this paper is to explore the interactions between Southern Africa’s dryland forests and issues of water, energy and food security, in the context of climate change. In terms of audience, the paper aims firstly to provi...

Mitigating The Costs Of “Washington Consensus” Policies: Titbits For Ghana And Other African Countries

"African countries have for several decades been receiving development assistance from the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs) based in Washington, D.C. The assistance comes with policies that reflect a liberal ideology fashioned in Washington and d...

Mitigation Accounting under the Paris Agreement

Accounting for nationally determined contributions (NDCs) is an important component of the ‘rule-book’ required for effective implementation of the Paris Agreement. Robust mitigation accounting is needed for effective implementation and to stren...

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