Poverty, Climate Change and Knowledge Institutions

SIDE EVENT: Thursday 29 Nov 2012, 11:30—13:00, Side Event Room 7, QATAR NCC, Doha

Co-hosted by the Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) and the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Most of the world’s poor live in middle-income countries, which need to mitigate emissions, too, and not only adapt to the consequences of climate change. Climate action and poverty reduction continue as a trade-off. However, it is widely accepted that reducing poverty and addressing climate change (both mitigation as well as adaptation) require innovative solutions that can be customized and implemented at local level. Innovations, both in terms of conception and implementation of policy and technology, are critical. In addition to policy makers, the role of knowledge institutions too is vital in this regard.

This side event discusses the policy concepts e.g. NAMA, CDM, SD-PAMs, and the role of knowledge institutions in catalyzing climate and poverty action. We invite international experts to reflect on the concepts, their advantages, shortcomings and their usefulness. The event will also discuss how the role of knowledge institutions should be conceived while innovating for climate change and development simultaneously.


Moderator: Tasneem Essop (WWF)

Reflection on the concepts and the role of knowledge institutions

Britta Rennkamp (Energy Research Center, University of Cape Town): Brief overview of the concepts on Poverty and Mitigation in the literature

Manish Shrivastava (TERI): Catalyzing Climate and Development Action—the TERI experience

Harald Winkler, (Energy Research Center, University of Cape Town): Lessons from the history and trajectory of the concept of SD-PAMS

K. Umamaheswaran (University Zurich) Lessons from the experience with CDM for NAMAs implementation and linking mitigation with poverty reduction

Prodipto Ghosh (Former Seceretary, MoEF, India and Distinguished Fellow, TERI) Experience with CDM and SD-PAMs, Expectations from NAMAs

Concepts and praxis: Stories from three Regions

Elsa Mendoza, Institute of Environmental Research of the Amazon (IPAM): Climate policy concepts and LULUCF in Latin American Context (tbc)

Amit Kumar, TERI: Praxis and experience with low carbon technologies in India

N.N., ENDA: Renewable energy in rural communities (tbc)