Mitigating climate change can be accomplished through policies, programmes or projects conceived specifically for that purpose. It can also be achieved with policies, programmes or projects that meet development priorities while taking into account climate concerns. Policies, programmes, or projects that consider development and climate objectives simultaneously can deliver co-benefits.
In recent years, many stakeholders in Asia have demonstrated that integrating co-benefits into decisions can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation costs or bring carbon finance to development needs. However, the absence of a mechanism to share information and coordinate stakeholders on these possibilities has made it difficult to mainstream co-benefits into national development strategies and plans as well as sectoral policies, programmes or projects in Asia.
Over the past four years, the the Asian Co-benefits Partnership (ACP) has shared information on climate and development co-benefits in Asia. It also has discussed ways to cooperate on co-benefits in a variety of contexts (especially air quality management). The value of the ACP as an informal and interactive platform to improve information sharing and stakeholder coordination in Asia has been noted in many fora. The ACP White Paper is designed as the first in a series of efforts to disseminate information on ACP activities and inform the latest discussions on co-benefits in Asia. We hope that this White Paper serves as a useful reference for those interested in a more integrated approach to climate and development decisions.
Download the report at: http://www.cobenefit.org/publications/images/ACPwhitepaper_FY2013.pdf