Normalising apples & pears: comparing trade offs for pro-poor mitigation options

Imagine the juggling act being asked of policy makers: they’ve got to spread limited resources between meeting the government’s objective of reducing poverty to zero percent; at the same time, they’ve got to make a handbrake turn on the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. And since poverty alleviation is often linked with development, and development usually translates into emissions increases, it seems as though they’re being asked to do the impossible. This week, the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre… Read moreNormalising apples & pears: comparing trade offs for pro-poor mitigation options

Mitigation Actions in the context of national development & Climate Change

SIDE EVENT: 4TH DECEMBER 20.15-21.45; Side Event Room 8 We are hosting an interview/ chat format of 3 dialogues each in groups of 2 or 3 discussing a different aspect of the MAPS Process with reference to their country. Michael Jacobs (Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and at the School of Public Policy at University College London) will act as our moderator and will lead three sets of discussions. Dialogue 1: Linking top down and bottom up… Read moreMitigation Actions in the context of national development & Climate Change

On the Future of REDD+ and the Carbon Market, by David Ellison

Our guest author is David Ellison, Senior Researcher & LULUCF Specialist (Institute for World Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences), who joined us as an external expert at the LULUCF lab MAPS held in Iquitos, Peru from the 25th to the 27th of September 2012. Within the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) programme, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South Africa are considering the potential role of forests in their overall climate change mitigation action plans. The most recent MAPS meeting addressing the role of… Read moreOn the Future of REDD+ and the Carbon Market, by David Ellison

Mitigation actions and poverty

…were worth a lot of thoughts at the MAPS side event at the OASIS today. Five authors from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South Africa presented their main findings on research papers that were launched at www.mapsprogramme.org today. Stef Raubenheimer asked the authors about the main motivations for mitigation actions in their countries. Emilio la Rovere from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro started of with the key message that development comes first. The other panelist responded to the… Read moreMitigation actions and poverty

Exhibition stands

A large contingent of ERC researchers and UNITAR interns are at the COP in Durban this year. We are in attendance at the African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI)/ UCT stand and Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) Programme stand. The MAPS programme is a large research project we’re currently piloting in four South American countries (Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru). If you’d like to find out more about MAPS from a researcher then visit us at stand/booth no.75 in… Read moreExhibition stands