- Start date: 1 February 2012
- End date: 1 January 2013
- Partners and collaborators: Funding: Innovation Fund of the Climate Development Knowledge Network. In-country Researchers: Stephen Syampungani (Copperbelt University, Zambia), Mario Falcao (Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique), Gabriel Kalaba (Lubumbashi University, Democratic Republic of Congo), Dzingirai Vupenyu (University of Zimbabwe).
- Primary investigator: Professor Lindsay C. Stringer
- Co-investigators: Professor Andy Dougill, Dr Jen Dyer
Climate Compatible Development (CCD) aims to minimise harm caused by climate impacts, while maximising human development opportunities presented by a low emissions, more resilient future. In line with this aim, increasing climate finance, as well as the voluntary carbon market, present a valuable economic opportunity for developing nations. By harnessing these opportunities, countries can mitigate climate change (through enhanced carbon storage) and potentially deliver significant wins for adaptation and poverty reduction through CCD.
While carbon payments have been found to contribute to rural incomes, trade-offs with other ecosystem services and livelihood impacts and outcomes require careful consideration. Recent research reflecting on the lessons learnt from sustainable land management and community-based conservation initiatives stresses the importance of building on existing institutional and governance structures and processes. The role of private sector companies and NGOs in developing new opportunities and multi-stakeholder partnerships through international carbon credit schemes has also been identified as important. However there is a lack of studies and evidence assessing the role of different partnership structures in complex dynamic governance situations.
This research will contribute valuable and timely empirical data to the study of these issues by providing local- and country-scale analysis, focusing on areas of pressing poverty needs, carbon storage potential and a range of complex and dynamic governance situations across a suite of countries, with a view to sharing lessons across the southern Africa region. Identifying good practices in partnership-building, and experience-sharing to inform adaptation and mitigation policy and climate finance investments more broadly, is vital if the green growth potential offered by climate finance is to reach the poorest and most vulnerable groups.
Publications and outputs
- Partnership Models for Climate Compatible Development: Experiences from Zambia
- Advancing climate compatible development: lessons from southern Africa
- Assessing participatory practices in community-based natural resource management: Experiences in community engagement from southern Africa
- Experiences of host communities with carbon market projects: towards multi-level climate justice