What was the contribution of the Long Term Mitigation Scenario process to South African climate mitigation policy
The MAPS Programme, has a core proposition, a theory of change, that truly co-produced knowledge (by both researchers, experts and interest holders in society) driven by government mandate, produces an impetus for action against climate change that is realistic for the country, and is resilient to counter-forces and rigidities in the political economy.
In the light of this premise, it woull be very interesting to read the latest MAPS publication, Tyler and Torres’ paper, What was the contribution of the Long Term Mitigation Scenario process to South African climate mitigation policy?
There are some interesting lessons from the design of the Long Term Mitigation Scenario (LTMS) process itself. An interviewee example: “There should have been less time spent on the models and data, and more on the political / legal and regulatory environment”. The authors ask: “Were (the process) to have been driven out of an economic department, with champions in the political elite, perhaps it might have been easier to achieve deep buy-in? Or would the questions of ‘who bears the costs’ inherent in the policy formulation and implementation stages have surfaced with the same level of intractability in any framing?” This challenges the strong focus on models in the MAPS processes.
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation funds Brazilian, Chilean and Peruvian components.
You can download the paper on this link. We wish you a good reading.
MAPS, Fact sheet, Embassy of Switzerland, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC