Mexican Climate Change Policy Perspectives: the NDC and REDD+ strategy

Hernandez Gamez, Lysete Sandra (2018) Mexican Climate Change Policy Perspectives: the NDC and REDD+ strategy. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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The success in preventing complex climate change in the years to come relies on crucial commitments and practical actions. Worldwide participation at all levels within a framework of international environmental agreements to tackle climate change is indeed the ultimate aim. Nations of the world declare their commitments in the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), but regrettably, many of those are rated insufficient. Moreover, what they really will achieve in practice remains uncertain. All countries and sectors are supposed to be part of a mix of mitigation that would deliver a high probability of limiting global warming below 2°C and respect a cumulative CO2 budget of less than 400GtCO2 (Schmidt and Archer, 2009). Therefore, policies and practices adopted by each country need to lead the way towards less greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions. The objective of this thesis is to analyse to what extent the Mexican mitigation policy is working under such framework to tackle climate change. This analysis explores the mitigation plan within the NDC associated with the REDD+ strategy, in order to assess its likely success in supporting climate change mitigation. The assessment pays particular attention to the obstacles imposed by the political context in Mexico in the period 2010-2018. The analytic tools that are adopted for the study, particularly qualitative research, provide empirical evidence. Both, a combination of semi-structured interviews to derive empirical results relating to actual mitigation forestry schemes in Mexico and insights from Earth System Science were deployed. The analysis focuses in particular on the concept of sustainability measured by planetary limits for anthropogenic global warming. Then, a critical analysis is developed to examine features of the Mexican NDC, REDD+ strategy, and the national political context to assess its scope and capacity for delivering consistent results aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and therefore preventing the associated increment in the global mean temperature.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Chris White
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2021 07:41
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2021 07:41


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