ERC Researchers at COP18

Sebataolo Rehlao, Britta Rennkamp, Holle Wlokas, Kim Coetzee and Anthony Dane are attending the 18th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC between the 26th November and the 6th of December. Watch this space as they will be blogging from the Conference. In addition to being civil society observers of this multilateral negotiation process, they are involved in running two official side-events at which they will publicise different aspects of their research. See the related blog posts for more details.  

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… Read morePoverty, Climate Change and Knowledge Institutions

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

Twittering from COP

Several MAPS researchers at at COP 18 this year. Following them will give you first hand glimpse into the activities at the Conference of the Parties. They are: Harald Winkler – @HarryWinkler Michelle du Toit – @mdutoit74 Kim Coetzee – @kimctzee Other tweeting MAPS Intl researchers who aren’t at COP this year are Marta Torres Gunfaus – @MTorresGunfaus Emily Tyler – @emilyjtyler The main twitter account can be found at @mapsprogramme

Launch of the Equitable Access to Sustainable Development paper

“If Durban is to be at least somewhat successful then Saturday’s release of the BASIC Experts paper on fair-­shares global effort sharing will be recognized as a key breakthrough. That can help decide a 2nd commitment period for the KP while putting on the agenda serious consideration of a next generation mandate that’s fair enough to support real ambition. The BASIC Experts paper does not pretend that the global carbon budget hasn’t already been essentially exhausted. Nor does it say… Read moreLaunch of the Equitable Access to Sustainable Development paper


Yesterday evening (29/11/2011) ERC researcher, Anya Boyd represented the Energy Research Centre at a side event hosted by the Indian Resources Institute (TERI) along with project collaborators Tschingua University from China, and Vitae Civilis from Brazil. The project will span over 2-3 years and is exploring the approach to NAMA’s across the partner countries of Brazil, South Africa, India and China. The project is still in it’s early stages and is divided into 3 work packages. The first Work Package… Read moreNAMAs: BASICally

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

SA White Paper on Climate Change

After months of intra-government and public consultation following on from the Climate Response Green Paper,   Edith Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, published the White Paper on the National Climate Change response for general information in the government gazette on 19 October 2011. The Gazetted version can be found here: The South African Cabinet has approved the National Climate Change Response Policy. “This evolving policy must be seen as the embodiment of our commitment to a fair contribution… Read moreSA White Paper on Climate Change

Comments on Green Paper

The ERC recently submitted comments in response to the National Climate Change Response Green Paper (NCCRGP) issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs. The next key phases in the development of the National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS) are: White Paper Drafting A National Summit In a parallel process conducted by Parliament, the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs invited the ERC to present their comments to the Public Hearings on Climate Change Green Paper. ERC researcher Anya Boyd… Read moreComments on Green Paper