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A Way Forward: Canadian perspectives on post-2012 climate policy

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A Way Forward: Canadian perspectives on post-2012 climate policy

Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol agreed on the Bali Action Plan in December 2007. The plan sets out a process to negotiate a post-2012 regime by December 2009. This book provides analyses from a Canadian perspective on the four main elements of the Bali Action Plan: mitigation, adaptation, technology development and transfer, and financing and investment.

In this book, IISD examines emerging approaches and options for post-2012 climate change cooperation, focusing on salient Canadian sensitivities and perspectives, and how Canada might contribute to the development of a robust and equitable climate change regime. The first chapter provides context for the analysis by examining the national circumstances in which Canada will develop and negotiate a position under the Bali Action Plan. The second chapter addresses how the post-2012 regime may address the urgent need for mitigation, and the basic fact of economic growth, particularly in developing nations. The analysis includes international and domestic perspectives, describing how the various possible elements of an international agreement fit with Canadian interests. Using this lens, the subsequent chapters look at adaptation, technology, and financing and investment-reviewing the options and assessing how Canadian strengths and interests might best be addressed.