The project approach is two-fold comprising 2 inter-dependent components.
Component 1 is LEDS planning and implementation support which is being implemented in 3 countries - Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This component involves a ground demonstration pilot to practically illustrate how NDCs implementation targeting leading priority areas of clean energy & land based actions can ensure a country creates socioeconomic opportunities while meeting its climate objects. Thus illustrate low emissions development. This ground action is then used to inform strategic planning & policy processes to ensure the demonstrated paradigm can be scaled across the country.
Component 2 is LEDS modeling support implemented in all 8 project countries – Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, and Zambia. This component is adapting existing modelling tools and modelling teams to construct analytical frameworks that extrapolate the cumulative socioeconomic & carbon emissions impact of alternative investment trajectories in NDCs implementation. By this, enhance country modelling capacity to project not only climate but socioeconomic impacts of NDCs towards informing optimal pathways for NDCs implementation in transitioning to low emissions development. The established modelling framework is then integrated into decision making frameworks of relevant line ministries aligned to the NDC to inform optimal long-term policy options.
By exercising these components, the project is delivering at both operational & strategic level. At the operational level, first is ground demonstration under component 1. These illustrate how NDCs implementation targeting leading priority areas of clean energy & land based actions in agriculture & forestry and their amalgamation can ensure a country meets leading socioeconomic priorities of food & livelihood security while simultaneously enhancing ecosystems resilience & offsetting carbon to meet climate objects under the Paris Agreement. Lessons & case studies from conducting the ground demonstrations are compiled to inform policies & plans for scaling this paradigm across the target countries. Second is modelling framework under component 2 comprising relevant software & hardware technologies & a team of modellers who use these technologies to conduct extrapolation. The modelling team extrapolates the impact of alternative policy trajectories in NDC implementation to inform on trajectories that maximize socioeconomic & climate impacts.
At the strategic level – is a harmonized policy decision making structure to bridge ministerial silos & ensure policies from relevant line ministries are complementary towards simultaneous maximization of socioeconomic & climate impact of NDC implementation. This is by ensuring models are integrated into decision processes in respective ministries and that lessons & case studies developed in conducting the ground demonstration are integrated to inform policy & planning in NDCs implementation. This is the inter-agency policy task force.
Finally, the above trajectory is then replicated across Africa through training & capacity building institutional hubs in each of the 5 geographical regions of the continent.