Proposal for a poverty-adaptation-mitigation window within the Green Climate Fund

Abstract : The stakes for alleviating poverty and avoiding unbridled climate change are inextricably linked. Climate change impacts will slow down and may even reverse trends in poverty reduction. The pathways consistent with global warming of no more than 2°C require strategies for poverty alleviation to make allowance for the constraint of low-carbon development. Existing climate funds have failed to target poverty alleviation as a high-priority strategy for adaptation or as a component of low-carbon development. This article proposes a funding window as part of the Green Climate Fund in order to foster synergies targeting greater satisfaction of basic needs, while making allowance for adaptation and mitigation. This financial mechanism is based on indicators of the satisfaction of basic needs and could respond to the claims of the developing countries which see alleviating poverty as the first priority in the climate negotiations. It defines a country continuum, given that there are poor people everywhere; all developing countries are therefore eligible with a mechanism of this sort.
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Sandrine Mathy, Odile Blanchard. Proposal for a poverty-adaptation-mitigation window within the Green Climate Fund. Climate Policy, Taylor & Francis, 2016, 16 (6), pp.752-767. ⟨10.1080/14693062.2015.1050348⟩. ⟨hal-01149008⟩

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