The Paris Framework for Climate Change Capacity Building

The Paris Framework for Climate Change Capacity Building / Mizan R Khan, J. Timmons Roberts, Saleemul Huq and Victoria Hoffmeister. CRC Press, March 2018, 262 p. (Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research)

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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.


  • 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
  • Chapter 6: Lessons learned from agency initiatives on capacity building
  • Chapter 7: Universities as the central hub of capacity building
  • Chapter 8: Capacity Building and Transparency Under Paris
  • Chapter 9: Implementing the Paris framework on capacitybuilding

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