Mitigation action plans and scenarios

Client: Children Invenstment Fund Foundation

Period: Mid 2010-December 2015

Project team: See at end

MAPS is a collaboration amongst developing countries. It seeks to establiash the evidence base for long-term transition to robust economies that are both carbon efficient and climate resillient. In this way MAPS contributes to ambitious climate change mitigation that aligns economic development with poverty alleviation.

Through its collaboration, MAPS offers an opportunity to establish synergies and share lessons with participating developing countries as well as the wider climate change and development community and academics, using the in-country processes as living laboratories.

Central to MAPS is the facilitated interaction between key stakeholders and in-country research teams under the guidance of a multi-ministerial government team. This interaction takes place primarily in scenario building team meetings. Here inputs to models and results are discussed and agreed upon. The rigour of information generated by this research method, that includes the involvement of stakeholders, produces results that are credible, legitimate and relevant. These results provide a sound basis with which to answer key policy questions and inform policy developments, such as the elaboration of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions. For more information on the MAPS approach, please see here on the MAPS website visit: MAPS is currently active in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and  Peru. Preparatory in-country work has started in a number of African countries and India.

The main objectivies of the MAPS Programme are:

  • To support country teams to ensure legitimacy and relevance through mandates and authorizing environments and full endorsement and application of resulsts respectively.
  • To support country process design, including facilitation of processes and optimal involvement of key stakeholders to enhance credibility
  • To support country teams to achieve robust and high quality research outcomes, through direct support, supplementary research inputs and outpurs, and informal and formal review work
  • To produce, manage and disseminate knowledge on the MAPS approach that promotes best practice, enrich the knowledge base in developing countries and creates and implements a lab programme for regional and south-south collaboration and learning
  • To support the BASIC Group of Experts on Climate Change

The MAPS Research agenda include the following topics: integration of development and climate objectives, multi-objective modeling, linking economic and energy models, policy analysis, research on implementation and theories of change, equity and cobenefits assessment. MAPS outputs can be found at:

Programme team
The MAPS programme is coordinated and implemented by a consortium led by ERC and SouthSoutNorth, the NGO based in Cape Town. A comprehensive overview of MAPS team members in Peru, Chile, Brazil, Colombia and South Africa can be found on the MAPS website

Project leadership: Harald Winkler (ERC; Strategy lead); Stef Raunbenheimer (SSN; Process lead); Marta Torres Gunfaus (ERC; Research lead); Michelle du Toit (SSN; Overall project coordinator)

ERC project research team: Harald Winkler, Marta Torres-Gunfaus, Michael Boulle, Adrian Stone, Brett Cohen, Tara Caetano, Bruno Merven, Kim Coetzee, Britta Renkamp, Hilton Trollip, Louise Tait, Andrew Marquard, Samantha Keen, Alfrede Moyo, Katye Altieri, Mamahloko Senatla

Other local researchers: Emily Tyler, Tanya Visser, Lisa Kane, Blaise Dobson