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Low-carbon resilient development in the Least Developed Countries
Issue paper, 32 pages
Low-carbon resilience has become the new buzzword in climate change policy; it is an agenda that tackles reducing carbon emissions (climate change mitigation) while simultaneously building climate resilience (climate change adaptation) and supporting development in a supposed win-win policy agenda. This approach is linked to green growth policies, low carbon development and low emission development strategies and is also supported by negotiations at the UNFCCC that are seeking to find linkages between these agendas. Although least developed countries (LDCs) are responsible for less than five per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions; nine of them have developed plans to bring together these three issues into one single agenda. Our research has found, however, that the rhetoric is greater than the actions and a learning-by-doing approach is necessary to generate robust evidence on where to find, and how to support, ‘win-wins’.
Policies for low carbon resilient development aim to support climate resilient development in the poorest countries while also addressing climate change through reducing carbon emissions. This research programme seeks to bring together the two aspects of the climate change debate: mitigation and adaptation.
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