Valuing the sustainable development co-benefits of climate change mitigation actions


The lead authors of this paper were: Lorenzo Santucci (UN ESCAP), Ingo Puhl (the south pole group), Abu Hasnat Md. Maqsood Sinha and Iftekhar Enayetullah (Waste Concern) and William Kojo Agyemang-Bonsu (UNFCCC).

The aim of this paper is to provide guidance to policy-makers and practitioners in the quantification and monetization of co-benefits of climate change mitigation, using the waste sector as a case study, and recommendations for the design of effective nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs). As a next step, we would like to see a take-up of key concepts expressed in the paper in actual NAMA design activities.

The authors believe that the guidance provided in this paper is relevant for NAMA designers as well as supporters as the recognition of co-benefits in the design effort is likely to create financial leverage.

The authors gratefully acknowledge the valuable comments of Donovan Storey and Joao Aleluia (UN ESCAP). The authors are also grateful to Sevanatha Urban Resource Centre and ENDA Viet Nam for providing data for Sri Lanka and Viet Nam respectively. A first draft of this paper was presented and discussed at a side event to the Bonn Climate Change Conference titled “Quantifying and monetizing NAMA co-benefits” which took place on 7 June 2014. The authors would like to thank all the participants of the event for their valuable comments in developing this paper.


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DateMay 12, 2017