Updating Bolivia’s Nationally Determined Contributions

In addition to grappling with one of the worst epidemics in recent history, Bolivia is currently facing ongoing economic and environmental challenges, which will make the path towards sustainable development that much harder. Updating Bolivia’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) (1), or national plans, policies, and measures that address climate change under the Paris Climate Agreement  is a critical step in the process to simultaneously advancing climate action, strengthening government institutions, addressing social inequality, and implementing economic measures that improve the efficiency of national development. Countries must update their NDCs every five years to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat with increasingly ambitious climate goals and targets.

Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) is helping to update Bolivia's NDCs through a collaboration with academia, civil society, and the public sector with the ultimate goal of  reducing CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030. Through this partnership, CSF will complete an official document for the Government of Bolivia to present at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, United Kingdom, led by the UNFCCC. The document will cover all of the necessary measures Bolivia will need to implement to achieve its emissions-reduction goal for 2030, and it will be an essential tool for national authorities now and in the future.

Phase 1 of the project, completed in early 2021, focused on gathering various measures for Bolivia to achieve its emission goals, through research and a review of official documents. This resulted in a report covering 34 measures: "Economic Impact of Mitigation Measures to Achieve the Nationally Determined Contributions in Bolivia: Compilation of Measures" ("Impacto Económico de las medidas de Mitigación para alcanzar las Contribuciones Determinadas Nacionalmente en Bolivia: Recopilación de medidas"). CSF is now working on estimating Bolivian emissions in 4 different scenarios: business as usual, optimistic, realistic and pessimistic, through 2050. 

As NDCs need to be updated every five years, our hope is that our work will reflect all of Bolivia’s potential to achieve carbon-neutrality in the long term.

This project is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and implemented in partnership with the Latin American Center for Economic and Social Policy of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Centro Latinoamericano de Políticas Económicas y Sociales de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, CLAPES UC) and the Plurinational Authority of Mother Earth (la Autoridad Plurinacional de la Madre Tierra, APMT). 

(1)  https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/nationally-determined-contributions-ndcs/nationally-determined-contributions-ndcs

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