Exploring Sustainable Low Carbon Development Pathways - An introduction to international debates

Providing sustainable development for all and fighting climate change – these are two major challenges the world faces today. The project “Exploring Sustainable Low Carbon Development Pathways” aims to point out ways how to combine both: climate protection and sustainable development. As a joint initiative by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Bread for the World (BftW), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Climate Action Network International (CAN-I) and ACT Alliance of Churches, the project is led by the common understanding that any future development model has to be:

  • Low Carbon.That means with a minimal output of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Ecologically Sustainable. That means fully respecting planetary boundaries.
  • Human Rights-based. That means with a strong focus on poverty reduction and participation.
  • Socially Inclusive. That means creating wealth and employment while absorbing negative social impacts.
  • Just. That means equally sharing burdens and opportunities between different stakeholders.
  • Nationally appropriate. That means respecting countries different backgrounds and challenges towards sustainable development.

The project was started in 2013 in four pilot countries: Kazakhstan, Peru, Tanzania and Vietnam.

In close co-operation and ownership with different national partners from civil society, politics and science we aim to

  • Explore Sustainable Low Carbon Development Pathways in these countries which could serve as regional and international examples.
  • Show that Low Carbon Development is not only possible but economically and socially beneficial.
  • Create platforms for dialogue at the national level for a range of different stakeholders.
  • Support and intensify networks between civil society actors in the respective countries and regions.

Read the briefing to find out more about the current international debates on low carbon development.