EPRG 0907

Karsten Neuhoff

International Support for Domestic Climate Policies

EPRG 0907 Non-Technical Summary | PDF

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  • Neuhoff, K. (2009), Understanding the Roles and Interactions of International Cooperation on Domestic Climate Policies, Climate Policy 9(5)

Abstract: Domestic climate policies play an important part in shifting countries towards a low-carbon development trajectory. Six case studies explore the domestic drivers and barriers for policies with climate (co-)benefits in developing countries. International support can help to overcome these constraints by providing additional resources for incremental policy costs, technical assistance, and technology cooperation to build local capacity. Any such cooperation has to build on domestic stakeholder support for policies with climate co-benefits. Policy indicators play an important role for successful policy implementation. They facilitate monitoring of intermediate policy outcomes, international comparison of best practice, internal management for effective implementation and can be linked to international incentive schemes. As they are more responsive to successful implementation, indicators can be aligned with political time scales to provide early reward and reduce the uncertainty associated with predicting the long-term impacts of transformational policies on emissions reductions.

Keywords: Policy instrument, international cooperation, intermediate indicators, climate policy

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