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Towards Climate Resilient Development Pathways

The latest instalment from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) - stresses the urgency for action to both mitigate and adapt to climate change. The IPCC Working Group II report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability states that “Climate change is a threat to human well-being and planetary health. Any further delay in concerted anticipatory global action on adaptation and mitigation will miss a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all.” (SPM.D.5.3). 

The Working Group II report underscores the need for climate resilient development (CRD): the process of implementing greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation measures to support sustainable development. It emphasises the need for climate-resilient development pathways: "trajectories for the pursuit of climate resilient development and navigating its complexities." (IPCC AR6 WGII, Chapter 18: Climate Resilient Development Pathways).

This theme captures approaches, tools, methods, and guidance for advancing climate resilient development, and experiences and learning from how these are being applied in practice. The topics included here cover: tools and approaches for integrated development planning; adaptation, mitigation and SDGs synergies; low emission development strategies and low carbon development pathways; and low carbon energy initiatives for sectors and local communities. 

This theme is being managed by the SEI Initiative on Integrated Climate and Development Planning, which is producing tools and developing strategic approaches that enable low- and middle-income countries to integrate planning to achieve Nationally Determined Contributions and Sustainable Development Goals. Working with national planners and decision makers in lower-income countries, the initiative is building and reinforcing capacity of in-country planners to achieve their goals, and to enhance their ambitions. 

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Tools and Approaches for Integrated Development Planning

The tools and approaches listed below have been specifically developed to aid governments and those advising them to understand and optimise synergies and trade-offs between different development and climate goals. 

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UNEP Adaptation Gap Report 2022

Explore the 2022 UNEP Adaptation Gap report, which finds that the world must urgently increase efforts to adapt to impacts of climate change. 

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Overcoming Barriers to Integrated Planning: Tools and Training for Countries to Combine Climate and Development Aims

This brief presents an analysis of available tools for integrated planning that can identify and maximise synergies between sustainable development and the ambition required by a 1.5°C climate mitigation target. 

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Epidemic-Macroeconomic Model for sustainable development planning under COVID-19

The SEI Epidemic-Macroeconomic Model is a software designed to help national and regional authorities develop their own Covid-19 pandemic-adjusted economic baseline scenarios for sustainable development planning.

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LEAP Training Resources

This training series provides lectures and exercises to on how to use the Low Emissions Analysis Platform (LEAP) to develop prospective policy scenarios assessing energy demand and supply, costs and benefits (including those relating to health), emissions, and other types of externalities across the entire economy. The SDG analysis capacity of LEAP presents an opportunity to further integrate SDGs into climate planning.

You can find more training resources in our Climate Adaptation Training theme.

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Introductory training course on the Low Emissions Analysis Platform (LEAP) modelling tool for energy, environmental, and economic analysis

These eight LEAP training lectures provide a detailed introduction to LEAP, the Low Emissions Analysis Platform. They were delivered in 2021 as part of a series of webinars organized by SEI, with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation agency (Sida). 

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Introductory LEAP training course: Introduction to LEAP & Energy Demand Modelling

This page shares resources for lectures #1 and #2 of an eight-lecture introductory training course on the Low Emissions Analysis Platform (LEAP) modelling tool.

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Introductory LEAP training course: Modelling energy supply and emissions with LEAP

This page shares resources for lectures #3 and #4 of an eight-lecture introductory training course on the Low Emissions Analysis Platform (LEAP) modelling tool.

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Introductory LEAP training course: Undertaking cost-benefit analysis and optimization modelling with LEAP and NEMO

This page shares resources for lectures #5 and #6 of an eight-lecture introductory training course on the Low Emissions Analysis Platform (LEAP) modelling tool.

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Introductory LEAP training course: Linking LEAP and WEAP and other advanced topics

This page shares resources for lectures #7 and #8 of an eight-lecture introductory training course on the Low Emissions Analysis Platform (LEAP) modelling tool.

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Integrating Climate Action and Development

The resources below discuss the need to integrate climate change mitigation, adaptation and the sustainable development goals, and how this can be done in practice. These resources are relevant to National Adaptation Planning and the development of Nationally Determined Contributions under the UNFCCC.

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Climate Resilient Development Pathways - Frequently Asked Questions from Chapter 18 of the IPCC's 6th Assessment Report

What is a climate resilient development pathway? How can different actors across society and levels of government be empowered to pursue climate resilient development? Learn about these and other frequently asked questions from Chapter 18 of the IPCC's AR6 Working Group II report: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.

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Linking Mitigation and Adaptation in Long-Term Strategies

This is a GIZ discussion paper prepared for UNFCCC COP24 in Katowice, summarising early findings from research on the potential of mitigation–adaptation linkages in long-term climate strategies.

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Mainstreaming climate compatible development: Insights from CDKN’s first seven years

This book brings together lessons from the first seven years’ work of CDKN – the Climate and Development Knowledge Network – and invites you to share your experience.

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COP20 ODI Discussion Paper: Targeting Zero Zero - Achieving zero extreme poverty on the path to zero net emissions

This discussion paper aimed to stimulate debate on how to achieve Zero Zero – zero extreme poverty and zero net emissions. It was prepared to frame the Development and Climate Days 2014 at COP20 in Lima, Peru. 

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Climate Change Adaptation and the Low Carbon Economy in British Columbia

This report seeks to encourage dialogue about three major challenges that must be addressed if we are to pass on a sustainable world to our children: the ENERGY challenge; the CLIMATE CHANGE challenge; and the ECOSYSTEM challenge.

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Connecting the Dots - Energy, Development and Climate Change: Striking a Balance

These papers assess and analyse the key policy and operational challenges faced in building adaptive capacities across sectors, from the perspective of different key stakeholders.

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The Challenges of Linking Sectoral and Economy-wide Models

This brief explores how to link sectoral and economy-wide models to understand the socio-economic implications of proposed mitigation actions in countries.

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Low Emission Development Strategies and Pathways

The articles below describe strategies that countries, regions and cities can follow to progress towards lower emission societies, with benefits for health, wellbeing, ecosystems and economies.

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LEDS in Practice: Gain the competitive edge to realize the benefits of low emission development

This publication looks at how low emission industrial development and resource efficiency offer excellent opportunities for increasing competitiveness of economies and companies.

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LEDS in Practice: Use trade policy to realize the benefits of low emission development

This paper looks at how shifting to a low emission future offers opportunities for trade, which in turn contributes to growth and development.

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LEDS in Practice: Boost ecosystem resilience to realize the benefits of low emission development

This publication gives an overview of the benefits of low emission development strategies (LEDS) for ecosystem resilience.

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LEDS in Practice: Ensure energy security to realize the benefits of low emission development

This publication gives an overview of selected benefits of low emission development strategies (LEDS) in ensuring energy security.

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LEDS in Practice: Breathe clean by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from urban transport

This paper presents two case studies from cities that have taken action on air quality to improve public health and have realized the benefits of reduced emissions.

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LEDS in Practice: Fight poverty by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from urban transport

This paper shares case studies from cities that have taken action in the transport sector to fight poverty and have realized the benefits of reduced emissions from traditional transport options.

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LEDS in Practice: Make roads safe by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from urban transport

This paper shares two case studies from cities that have taken action in the transport sector to make their roads safer and have seen the benefits in reduced road fatalities and emissions.

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LEDS in Practice: Save money and time by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from urban transport

This paper shares two case studies on shifting people out of private vehicles and realizing the benefits of saving money and time, and reducing emissions by using their private vehicles less often.

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LEDS in Practice: Create jobs by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from urban transport

This paper shares two case studies from cities that have generated employment by implementing low carbon transport projects.

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Sustainable urban tourism through low carbon initiatives: Experiences from Hue and Chiang Mai

Sustainable urban tourism through low carbon initiatives: Experiences from Hue and Chiang Mai

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Low Carbon Energy Initiatives

These initiatives show how low carbon energy technologies have been implemented to reduce carbon and other GHG emissions, support energy access for rural and vulnerable communities, reduce pressure on forests, boost local economies, and generally increase resilience in the face of climate change. The community-orientated interventions included below can be considered examples of community-based adaptation.

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Decarbonizing the Electricity Sector – The Energy Storage Conundrum

Nations voting for achieve carbon neutrality rely heavily on renewable energy. While efforts towards 100% renewable are needed, one should not be blind to the humongous task of energy storage.

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INSIDE STORY: Renewable energy solutions for Punjab’s industrial sector – Evaluating the NAMA approach in Sialkot City, Pakistan

This project assessed a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) as a policy tool to provide renewable energy to the industrial sector in Sialkot, Pakistan.

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INSIDE STORY: Supporting the subnational development of renewable energy – Lessons from West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

This Inside Story discusses the policy measures recommended for the development of renewable energy by independent power producers (IPPs) in Indonesia.

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INSIDE STORY - Working towards a Smart Energy Path: Experience from Benin

This inside story explores the outcomes of the project ‘Energy, Ecodevelopment and Resilience in Africa’ which Benin, Mali and Togo participated in.

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INSIDE STORY - Working towards a Smart Energy Path: Experience from Mali

This inside story explores the outcomes of the project ‘Energy, Ecodevelopment and Resilience in Africa’ which Benin, Mali and Togo participated in.

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INSIDE STORY - Working towards a Smart Energy Path: Experience from Togo

This inside story explores the outcomes of the project ‘Energy, Ecodevelopment and Resilience in Africa’ which Benin, Mali and Togo participated in.

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Building Business Cases to Reach Scale: A study on biomass cookstove business models from Asia and Africa

This study analysed biomass cookstove business models from Asia and Africa to better understand how to build business cases to reach scale.

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Seizing the sunshine – Barbados’ thriving solar water heater industry

This ‘Inside story on climate compatible development’ explores the factors that encouraged Barbados’ homes and businesses to establish and expand their use of solar water heating – and the lessons for other small, fossil fuel-dependent countries.

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A Report on deployment of Parabolic Community Solar Cookers, for Mid-Day-Meal Scheme in Rural Schools.

The objective of this project is to provide a clean and efficient substitute for fossil fuel based cooking solutions (like fuel wood and LPG) for the mid-day meals cooked in schools in the Ahmadnagar district in Maharashtra state in western India.

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A Report on deployment of Parabolic Community Solar Cookers, for Mid-Day-Meal Scheme in Rural Schools.

This article describes a unique solar cooker project for primary schools that aimed to provide a clean and efficient substitute for fossil fuel based cooking solutions (like fuel wood and LPG) for the mid-day meals cooked in these schools. 

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