A review of sustainable development assessment literature that could be applied to NAMAs

Zyaad Boodoo

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    The actual contribution of mitigation initiatives to national sustainable development (SD) has been widely debated amongst scholars. The operationalization of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) could help in reconciling two of the main thrusts of the UNFCCC; its emissions reduction and SD objectives. However, limited attempts have been made to explicitly link the two concepts through integrated approaches. The present paper discusses the existing theoretical considerations on sustainability assessments as tuned for a similar exercise on NAMAs by reviewing the relevant literature pertaining to the two bodies of knowledge. A number of features have been identified as conducive towards easing the assessment of the SD impacts of NAMAs. These include a classification of NAMAs that favours Measurement, Reporting and Verification, requirements for a combination of ex-ante and ex-post assessments, adoption of the Bellagio Principles in the framing of sustainability indicators, freedom for countries to define their own sustainable development vision and methodologies while recognising the limitations in the adoption of any chosen approach, framing of a minimum set of sustainability dimensions, integration of transformational change considerations in the design of NAMAs and the need to favour an informed deliberative discourse at country level while defining SD through the use of Multi-Criteria Analysis. The paper concludes with requirements for further research geared towards applying and comparing the use of similar approaches and methodologies across technologies, sectors and countries, as well as further clarity on conceptualising transformational change within the NAMA debate.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternalising mitigation activities into the development priorities and approaches of developing countries. Proceedings of the Forum on Development and Mitigation
    EditorsMeagan Jooste, Emily Tyler, Kim Coetzee, Anya Boyd, Michael Boulle
    PublisherEnergy Research Centre, University of Cape Town
    Publication date2014
    ISBN (Electronic)978-0-620-59693-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventForum on Development and Mitigation - Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
    Duration: 27 Jan 201429 Jan 2014


    ConferenceForum on Development and Mitigation
    LocationGraduate School of Business, University of Cape Town
    Country/TerritorySouth Africa
    CityCape Town
    Internet address


    • Sustainable Development
    • Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA)
    • Methodologies
    • Sustainability Assessment
    • Co-benefits
    • Literature review


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