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IIED & nef round-table discussion: Can Voluntary Carbon Offsets Assist Development?
Document begins: IIED & nef round-table discussion: Can Voluntary Carbon Offsets Assist Development? 26 October 2006 Working Paper: The possibilities for combining mitigation and adaptation in vulnerable communities in the developing world By Jessica Ayers and Saleemul Huq The management of climate change yields two alternative strategies: Mitigation, defined by the IPCC as any "anthropogenic intervention to reduce the sources or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gasses" (IPCC, 2001a:379); and adaptation, which "refers to adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities" (IPCC 2001a: 365). Although the international negotiations now recognise the importance of both mitigative and adaptive strategies in managing climate change, the synergies between them are yet to be fully explored. This paper will consider the possibilities for uniting these alternative strategies in a set of projects that combine mitigation and adaptation within the Voluntary Carbon Market, and propose that the implementation of such `hybrid' projects may be one way for the Voluntary Carbon Market to assist sustainable development in the most vulnerable developing countries. Mitigation, Adaptation, and Sustainable Development To date, almost all efforts to address climate change have approached the issue ...