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Integrated research and scenario building for LEDS development

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Countries and regions
South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
Action area


Case summary

The Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) process grew out of the experience of developing the South African Long Term Mitigation Scenarios (LTMS) during 2006-2008. The approach focuses on understanding how change happens in systems while recognizing the soft science of policy shifts and strategy development. Developing high quality technical analysis with local teams is essential, but building relationships between key stakeholders to ensure the credibility of, and buy-in to such analysis is as important (if not more so) for influencing political and policy-making processes such as LEDS.

Experience from transferring the South African LTMS experience to numerous Latin American countries (including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru) through the MAPS process highlights the importance of a strong government mandate and emphasises a participative, stakeholder-driven approach focussing on collaborative research, modelling and scenario building.

Planning and implementation activity
Developing Strategies and Plans
Institutions involved

The LTMS case provides a good illustrative example of key institutions to be involved: Cabinet of the South African Government; Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism (DEAT) (now Department of Environmental Affairs); University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC); Department of Minerals and Energy; Tokiso (a local mediation company).

Developing strategies and plans
Low Emission Development Strategies
Sectors and themes
Energy Efficiency, Industry, Transport, Waste Management
Source details
Global Good Practice Analysis (GIZ UNDP)

Results supported byUNDPWorld Resources InstituteTransparency partnership