1st Edition

The Paris Framework for Climate Change Capacity Building

    262 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Paris Framework for Climate Change Capacity Building pioneers a new era of climate change governance, performing the foundational job of clarifying what is meant by the often ad-hoc, one-off, uncoordinated, ineffective and unsustainable practices of the past decade described as 'capacity building' to address climate change. As an alternative, this book presents a framework on how to build effective and sustainable capacity systems to meaningfully tackle this long-term problem. Such a reframing of capacity building itself requires means of implementation. The authors combine their decades-long experiences in climate negotiations, developing climate solutions, climate activism and peer-reviewed research to chart a realistic roadmap for the implementation of this alternative framework for capacity building. As a result, this book convincingly makes the case that universities, as the highest and sustainable seats of learning and research in the developing countries, should be the central hub of capacity building there.          

    This will be a valuable resource for students, researchers and policy-makers in the areas of climate change and environmental studies.

    Chapter 1: "Puzzling, Confusing, and…Vacuous:" Capacity building from the World Bank to climate governance

    Chapter 2: The meager history and politics of capacity building under the UNFCCC

    Chapter 3: Has it worked elsewhere? Capacity building efforts in development and environmental regimes

    Chapter 4: Needed: a capacity building framework that’s up to the task

    Chapter 5: Case studies of capacity building in Bangladesh, Uganda, and Jamaica

    With Shaila Mahmud, Revocatus Twinomuhangi, Joseph Epitu and Stacy-ann Robinson

    Chapter 6: Lessons learned from agency initiatives on capacity building

    With Julianna Bradley

    Chapter 7: Universities as the central hub of capacity building

    With Shaila Mahmud, Revocatus Twinomuhangi and Stacy-ann Robinson

    Chapter 8: Capacity Building and Transparency Under Paris

    With Stacy-ann Robinson

    Chapter 9: Implementing the Paris framework on capacity building


    Mizan R. Khan is a Professor of Environmental Management at North South University, Bangladesh, and a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports. He serves as a lead member in the Bangladesh delegation to the UNFCCC negotiations since 2001. .

    J. Timmons Roberts is Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at Brown University, Providence, IR, USA, and founder and leader of the Climate and Development Lab at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society.

    Saleemul Huq is the Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and a frequent advisor for the Least Developed Countries negotiating group. He has also been a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports.

    Victoria Hoffmeister is an analyst at Redstone Strategy Group, working as a consultant for climate- and conservation-focused foundations and nonprofits. She worked for three years as a member of the Climate and Development Lab at Brown University, as well as in the White House Council on Environmental Quality during the Obama administration.