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Charting a New Low-Carbon Route to Development: A Primer on Integrated Climate Change Planning for Regional Governments

— sector: Energy efficiency, Renewable energy
— theme: Employment and socio-economic policies, Environment and climate, Industry (greening of)
— country: Global
— type: Manuals

This Primer introduces a set of approaches to help sub-national authorities through the whole process of designing their Integrated Territorial Climate Plan (ITCP), from setting objectives and participatory arrangements for the preparation of the Plan, to financing priority activities. The main audience for this publication is the public development practitioner at the sub-national level, as well as domestic and international experts involved in assisting with regional development, who wish to examine and understand the instruments available for regional and local governments to become engaged in climate change mitigation and adaptation as an integral part of their development and planning process.

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Mitigating and adapting to climate change is entirely compatible with pursuing development. UNDP's experiences indicate that the right mix of policies, skills, and incentives can influence behaviour and encourage investments in climate-friendly businesses and activities. Thereby, we can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate new economic opportunities and jobs. This calls for fully integrating thinking about climate change into how we go about our development work.

This primer helps advance this notion, arguing that the full engagement of sub-national authorities is important to move the climate change and development agendas forward. It suggests that taking the necessary action to tackle climate change will meet with stronger public consensus and be more effective if it helps address local development issues, such as the provision of basic services, greater energy and food security, and employment.

This publication addresses options which, when tailored to specific circumstances, could help balance the pursuit of both climate change mitigation and the investments needed to accelerate poverty reduction and development. It also considers how to meet the adaptation needs that many countries will face.

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