Author(s): Román, M., and J.P. Hoffmaister
In: Climate and Development, forthcoming Supplementary Special Issue, available online 20 June 2012
Type: Journal article
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Climate and development: the potential for climate co-benefits in the Mozambican rice sector
This article discusses the opportunities and pitfalls of linking a future Sustainable Development – Policies and Measures (SD-PAM) mechanism to Mozambican rice policies.
The authors conclude that there are various ways in which the ambition to increase the production of rice can also reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Moreover, the analysis suggests that an SD-PAM mechanism may be instrumental in supporting this type of co-benefits. This implies that the pursuit of development policies as a precursor for climate mitigation is valid also for the agricultural sector and, similarly, least developed countries (LDCs) may have a role to play.
Three traits of the LDC setting will influence the design of a future SD-PAM mechanism. One is the way contextual factors influence individual policy programmes. Another is the need for capacity building in its broader sense, which then emerges as another leverage mechanism in addition to funding, credits and technology transfer.
Finally, it requires the recognition that GHG mitigation in LDCs is not about reducing emissions in an absolute sense but, rather, a question of changing development paths and thereby avoiding future GHG emissions.
Note: This is part of a special issue on achieving sustainable-development and climate goals together.
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