REDEFINING ENERGY AND CLIMATE POLICY IN THE LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES: ANALYZING INSTITUTIONS AND INITIATIVES IN THE MEKONG REGION (RECLAIM)

Research summary

RECLAIM project analyses the opportunities and challenges that emerge when climate change initiatives are introduced in the least developed countries, specifically herein Laos and Cambodia. The research examines whether it is possible to simultaneously pursue development, mitigation and adaptation and how this will affect to poor and vulnerable groups. The aim is to identify and analyse the drivers, actors and institutions that influence climate compatible development. The research addresses these questions through quantitative analysis of energy-economic systems and development pathways as well as qualitative research on the actors and forces shaping climate policies. The aim of the quantitative analysis is to provide useful information for future planning through defining a framework within which the future energy needs and related climate policies can be assessed.

Description

Qualitative analysis focuses on the development, adaptation and mitigation nexus in Laos and Cambodia. The research themes include analysing the possible trade-offs and synergies of mitigation initiatives with poverty reduction, governance of climate change adaptation and the move from one-off energy initiatives to a more coherent approach to support a transition to a pro-poor low-carbon pathway. One example of these attempts is benefit-sharing approach, which means the revenue and profits from energy projects are directed to support the local communities and environment.

The climate mitigation initiatives studied in RECLAIM are:
-Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
-Voluntary Carbon Markets (VCM)

Research info

Research title
REDEFINING ENERGY AND CLIMATE POLICY IN THE LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES: ANALYZING INSTITUTIONS AND INITIATIVES IN THE MEKONG REGION (RECLAIM)

Research timeline
1.1.2013 - 1.12.2014

Keywords
adaptation clean development mechanisms (CDM) climate mitigation climate policies voluntary development mechanisms (VDM)

Region
Asia

Countries
Cambodia, Finland, Lao People's Democratic Republic

Institution
University of Turku (FFRC)
Turku School of Economics
Turku, Finland

Funding instrument
Academy of Finland

Project budget
200,000 - 500,000 euros

Head of research
Jyrki Luukkanen

Research team
Jyrki Luukkanen (FFRC), Visa Tuominen (FFRC), Mira Käkönen (FFRC), Jarmo Vehmas (FFRC), Louis Lebel (USER), Dany Va (RUPP), Try Thuon (RUPP), Ponlok Tin (MoE), Khampone Nathavong (NUOL), Saykham Voladet (NERI), Noora Stenholm (FFRC)

Partners
Unit for Social and Environmental Research (USER), Chiang Mai University: Thailand, Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP): Cambodia, Ministry of Environment (MoE): Cambodia, National University of Laos (NUOL): Laos, Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM): Laos

Contact information
Jyrki Luukkanen
+358 50 3370 710
jyrki.luukkanen@utu.fi
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Record last updated
21.5.2015