Sustainable Development Impacts of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions: An integrated approach to assessment of co-benefits based on experience with the Clean Development Mechanism

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    Abstract

    Sustainable development priorities provide the context for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) by developing countries. While methods exist to assess the sustainable development (SD) co-benefits of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, no approach has yet been developed to assess the SD impacts of NAMAs. This paper argues for a new integrated approach to asses NAMAs' SD impacts that consists of SD indicators, procedures for stakeholder involvement and safeguards against negative impacts. The argument is based on a review of experience with the CDM’s contribution to SD, particularly how a combined process and results approach known from the CDM SD Tool can be applied to develop a strong approach for SD assessment of NAMAs based on a comparison of similarities and differences between NAMAs and CDM. Five elements of a new approach towards assessment of NAMAs SD impacts are suggested based on emerging approaches and methodologies for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas reductions and SD impacts of NAMAs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2014
    Number of pages24
    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
    http://devmitforum.ercresources.org.za/

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    ConferenceForum on Development and Mitigation
    LocationGraduate School of Business, University of Cape Town
    Country/TerritorySouth Africa
    CityCape Town
    Period27/01/201429/01/2014
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