The Lessons of Practice: Domestic policy reform as a way to address climate change

By Nigel LUCAS on December 6, 2009
The Bali Action Plan proposes that developing countries adopt nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), supported and enabled by technology, financing and capacity-building, in a measurable, reportable and verifiable manner (MRV). Experience of simpler initiatives with the CDM has been mixed. This paper reviews experience to date with policy reforms that can help mitigate climate change; reviews work on indicators of the effort put into policy reforms and their effectiveness and to draw lessons about how the international community can support developing countries to strengthen domestic policy reform and to reflect the success of those efforts in financial transfers. The last section provides ideas as to which areas of policy reform combine promise (in terms of potential effectiveness at mitigating GHG emissions) with the need for measurability, verification and reporting and convincing mechanisms to deliver the necessary technical assistance.

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IISD, 2009