Outputs from the Development & Mitigation Forum

The MAPS team would like to share a highlight of the ideas, debates and findings from the Forum on Development and Mitigation (DevMit) held in Cape Town in January this year. The Forum was hosted as a partnership between the Mitigation Actions Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) programme and the Energy Research Centre (ERC) at the University of Cape Town both based in Cape Town, together with the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) in New Delhi, India.

Over one hundred delegates, working mostly on climate change mitigation in the global south attended the event. The objective was to build an understanding of how developing countries can effectively internalise mitigation activities into their development priorities and approaches. The DEVMIT IDEAS KIT provides an entry point into the wealth of ideas that emerged from various sessions and discussions. It is in the format of a magazine-style pdf document, which is hyperlinked to papers, presentations, blogs and videos on the website. Find the brief at http://www.mapsprogramme.org/wp-content/uploads/DevMit_IdeaKit_web.pdf

To include development priorities into the discussion at the Forum, nine South African development experts 'Development Provocateurs' were invited to participate. Their reflections on the discourse over the three days, encourage us to reconsider our mitigation ‘community of practice’ and its norms, assumptions, framings and objectives from the outside. The DEVMIT PROVOCATEUR BRIEFINGS captures these reflections, and we trust it makes for an interesting and thought-provoking read. Find the brief at http://www.mapsprogramme.org/wp-content/uploads/DevMit_ProvocateurBriefing_140317.pdf

Further information on the Forum and its other outputs can be found online at http://devmitforum.ercresources.org.za

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