Sustainable Land-use Impact Assessment Toolkit
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- 2.1. Assess current country plans, policies, practices, and capacities
- 2.2. Compile lessons learned and good practices from ongoing and previous sustainable development efforts in the country
- 2.3. Assess public and private sector capacity to support initiatives
- 2.4. Assess and improve the national GHG inventory and other economic and resource data as needed for LEDS development
- Greenhouse Gas Inventory Development Toolkit
- 3a. Analytical Decision Making - Developing BAU Scenario
- 3b. Analytical Decision Making - Assessing Opportunities
- 3b.1. Assess technical potential for sector technologies
- Renewable Energy Technical Potential Toolkit
- Building Energy Assessment Toolkit
- Power System Screening and Design Toolkit
- Land Use Assessment Toolkit
- Bioenergy Assessment Toolkit
- Transportation Assessment Toolkit
- 3b.2. Assess economic and market potential of technologies and initiatives
- Clean Energy Market Analysis Toolkit
- 3b.3. Prioritize development options
- 3c. Analytical Decision Making - Developing and Assessing Low Emissions Development Scenarios
- 3c.1. Develop low emissions growth scenarios
- 3c.2. Assess institutional framework for LEDS
- Financing Initiatives Toolkit
- Policy and Program Design Toolkit
- 3c.3. Assess in-depth contributions of selected scenarios to goals across sectors
- Land-use Scenario Analysis Toolkit
- Energy System and Scenario Analysis Toolkit
- 3c.4. Perform multi-criteria impact analysis and assess stakeholder responses
- Clean Energy Impact Assessment Tool
- Sustainable Land-use Impact Assessment Toolkit
The United Nations Millennium Development Goals website may be a good starting point to begin to assess development priorities for your country. Common co-benefits of climate-focused land-use programs that might be of interest include:
- Macroeconomic Improvements
- Rural Energy Access
- Energy Security
- Environment and Biodiversity
- Statistics generated by the Food and Agricultural Division of the United Nations (FAOSTAT): FAOSTAT is an on-line and multilingual database currently containing over 3 million time-series records covering international statistics in areas including trade, production of forestry and agricultural products, land-use, and irrigation..
- E3MG, developed by Cambridge Econometrics, is a macro-econometric model that evaluates impacts of climate policies on, e.g., GDP and employment.
- USDA Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN): GAIN provides timely information on the agricultural economy, products and issues in foreign countries since 1995 that are likely to have an impact on United States agricultural production and trade. U.S. Foreign Service officers working at posts overseas collect and submit information on the agricultural situation in more than 130 countries to USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), which maintains the GAIN reports.
- Integrated Environmental Strategies - Co-benefits Analysis: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency works with a number of developing countries to analysis economic, environmental and public health impacts of related to policy, technology and infrastructure.
Environment and Biodiversity
- IDRISI Land Change Modeler: The Land Change Modeler measures, analyzes, and projects future land cover change and helps estimate the impacts that changes will have on habitat and biodiversity.
- Lifecycle Assessment and Sustainability Analysis at NREL: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Energy Analysis group's Technology Systems Analysis activities include analysis of the economic viability of biomass projects that are still in the research phase to assess their potential for success in the market. Life-cycle assessment analysis involves understanding and minimizing the environmental impact of a biomass conversion process. The website describes the group's capabilities and provides a sampling of NREL publications on the topic.
Cross-Cutting Impact Assessment
- Manual for Social Impact Assessment of Land-Based Carbon Projects: The manual is designed to help those who design and implement land-based carbon projects to credibly document the ways in which their projects affect the livelihoods of the people that live in and around their project site. Many of these projects aim to simultaneously deliver social and environmental co-benefits, and to be validated and verified against standards such as the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards (CCBA, 2008).
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Source: Climate and Development Knowledge Network, CDKN. (2011) "Green Growth: Implications for Development Planning." http://cdkn.org/. Accessed June 21, 2011.
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- FAO-MOSAICC is a system of models designed to carry out each step of the impact assessment from climate scenarios downscaling to economic impact analysis at national level. The four main components of the methodology are a statistical downscaling method for processing GCM (Global Circulation Models) output data, a hydrological model for estimating water resources for irrigation, a crop growth model to simulate future crop yields and finally a CGE (Computable General Equilibrium) model to assess the effect of changing yields on national economies.
Country-Specific Impact Assessment