Advancing the climate agenda: Exploiting material and institutional linkages to develop a menu of policy options

H.D. van Asselt, J. Gupta, F. Biermann

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The utilization of interlinkages of existing material and the strengthening and promotion of new institutional interlinkages can widen the climate change agenda through new and innovative policy and legal measures. Material linkages are inherent structural connections between policy domains that are largely independent of the rules and procedures of political institutions in the domain. Institutional and organizational linkages are connections between societal institutions as well as linkages between different organizations. Developing small-scale renewable energy program in rural areas address the need to both reduce poverty and mitigate climate change. Promoting specific measures within the climate regime and the protection of such wetlands and protecting fragile ecosystems by zoning procedures and synchronizing the provision of land subsidies and other incentives to allow for multi-functional land use help in the forest conservation with lesser impact of the climate change. The development and promotion of sectoral agreements between major energy-producing companies and between energy-consuming sectors can result to reductions of greenhouse gas emissions in a bottom-up manner. Grand bargaining can be used to make significant trade-offs in the fields of trade and climate. Reducing emissions of air pollutants most likely lead to a general reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as well. Mainstreaming climate change impacts and adapting them into the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) is one way to minimize the adverse effects of climate change on health.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-264
Number of pages10
JournalReview of European Community & International Environmental Law
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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