Smorgasbord Events

These are parallel mini-events which are repeated in a session on both Monday and Tuesday.

Achieving mitigation objectives and successfully managing development and poverty challenges.
Led by Deborah Ramalope, Chief Director: Climate Change Mitigation at Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

Venue: Bedouin tent, courtyard

Developing countries face many challenges which put pressures on their economies. In dealing with these challenges, governments’ climate change policies should take a win-win approach that is developmental and tailored to the specific country challenges.


Carbon trading: neo-liberal ruse or climate and development solution?
Led by Anton Cartwright, Economist at the African Centre for Cities, UCT, working on the urban green economy in a developing country context.

Venue: Bedouin tent, courtyard

When the United Nation’s flagship carbon trading scheme, the Clean Development Mechanism, was designed it was touted as the way to ensure mitigation targets were reached efficiently and in a manner that would transfer clean technologies to the developing world.

That has not happened. The carbon market has removed less than 1% of the required-by-science quantum of greenhouse gas emissions and proven particularly ineffective at supporting projects in Africa. Was this the inevitable outcome of misguided ideological attempts to commodify the atmosphere? Or are their lessons to be learnt as to how a carbon market might yet serve its original, noble, intentions? In particular what role should a carbon market play in the context of South Africa’s proposed carbon tax?


Development with Mitigation: advances and gaps at Warsaw COP
Led by Harald Winkler, Director, ERC, Cape Town

Venue: Bedouin tent, courtyard

To what extent did decisions at the Warsaw COP address issues relevant to developing countries achieving developmental goals while simultaneously undertaking mitigation actions? Or did the Warsaw summit skirt development goals and over-emphasize raising mitigation ambitions? This Session proposes to discuss these questions — for instance as reflected in COP decisions related to national mitigation actions (NAMAs), forests (REDD+), financing, adaptation, technology, and loss and damage — and identify gaps to be addressed in the lead-up to Paris in end-2015.


The Kuyasa Housing Project– a local experience of carbon finance and poverty alleviation: MONDAY ONLY
Led by Carl Wesselink, Director of SouthSouthNorth, Cape Town.

Venue: Plenary

The Kuyasa CDM Project is an illustration of placing ‘development benefits’ at the heart of climate change mitigation. This multi-award winning and the very first gold standard CDM project to be registered, has reached maturity. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the long journey and the extraordinary effort required to realise finance from carbon off-sets. CERs from Kuyasa have exceeded market value by some 3,000% but has it been worth it? We will explore ‘thermal and energy efficiency in low income housing’ might be financed at scale, off the back of South Africa’s subsidized housing programme. What are the institutional challenges and is the promise of climate finance a catalyst for sustainable development?


Urban areas as practical sites of development-mitigation integration? Lessons from the Urban-LEDS project
Steven Bland

Venue: Bedouin tent, courtyard

We cannot achieve national low-carbon development without a policy focus on urban areas: where more than half the world’s population live. And perhaps cities and urban areas provide a space in which the integration between development and mitigation is not just conceptually possible but practically viable.

This session will aim to explore that idea: learning from the approaches used in the Urban-Low Emission Development Strategies Project (funded by European Commission, implemented by ICLEI in partnership with UN-Habitat):

IF municipalities and urban areas in particular are crucial to making low-carbon development a reality (discussion #1), and;
IF they are uniquely positioned to practically demonstrate the development-mitigation co-benefits (discussion #2), and;
Then HOW to go about practically integrating low-carbon measures into municipal planning to go beyond “mitigation as usual”? (discussion #3)


The MAPS approach
led by Stef Raubenheimer

Venue: Breakout room

The MAPS approach uses a collaborative process to build an evidence base that can guide informed action in the spheres of climate change mitigation and sustainable development. The MAPS team invites you to attend the premiere screening of an animated MAPS video. The video provides an overview of the MAPS approach; from acquiring government mandates to the modelling of development path options. It introduces the collaborative process between government, stakeholders and researchers and concludes with the suite of policy options and implications made available to the country governments by the end of a MAPS process.
After the screening the MAPS team invites you to join in a discussion facilitated by Stef Raubenheimer (MAPS Director) taking a critical view of how the MAPS approach has incorporated and prioritised development goals thus far.