Developing country participation in addressing climate change: Analysing issues and options for implementing NAMAs

Client: Centre for Global Environment Research, The Energy and Resources Institute, for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Period: 2012 – June 2014

Project leader: Anya Boyd

Project team: Anya Boyd, Kim Coetzee, Michael Boulle

Large, emerging developing countries have been the focus of growing attention in relation to their contribution to the global mitigation effort and their role in the emerging architecture of the international climate regime complex. This has become even more pronounced since the introduction of the concept of ‘Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions’ at COP13 in Bali in 2007. This project aims to address these concerns by focusing on the element of the ‘appropriateness’ of mitigation action to the developing countries.

Since the debate on mitigation in context of developing countries is by and large concentrated on India, China, Brazil and South Africa, this project included work from all four of the BASIC group. The primary objective of the study was to assess and enhance the preparedness of regulatory, policy and institutional arrangements in selected countries. Our TERI (India) partners compiled a list of appropriateness criteria during a process of iterative consultation. Using these criteria in the South African case study our role was to assess the robustness and applicability of these criteria in the South African context.

Research outputs

Boyd, A. and Coetzee, K. 2013.Towards an understanding of the variables that affect implementation of mitigation actions. MAPS Working Paper. MAPS / TERI-NFA Working paper, TERI Mitigation Action implementation: understanding variables that affect policy implementation  Available here

Boyd, A, Coetzee, K and Boulle, M. 2014. What does the current NAMA-space in South Africa look like? A TERI-NFA NAMA Country Report on South Africa. Available here

Forthcoming chapter in “Implementing NAMAs Politics, Institutions and Actions. South African chapter in this book is entitled A South African NAMA snapshot: mitigation, implementation and the role of NAMAs. (The book is intended to serve as an essential reference point for academic research, policy making and regime building towards low carbon development in developing countries in a complex global context.)

Presentation of work (via Skype) at the project workshop entitled “Developing Country Participation in Addressing Climate Change: Analyzing Issues and Options for Implementing NAMAs Thursday. Held in New Delhi, 24 July 2014.