The paper sets out CDKN’s initial thinking on the drivers and challenges affecting climate compatible development (CCD) policy processes, based largely on the programme’s own national and subnational-level experiences.

Embarking on a climate compatible development pathway now has a price tag. The cost of tackling climate change in developing countries could reach some hundreds of billions of dollars annually over the coming decades.

The January 2013 edition of the Climate and development Outlook focuses on Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) and the work CDKN is undertaking with its partners in Central America, Togo, Cameroon, Southeast Asia and India.

Kenya’s heavy reliance on hydroelectricity production has made the country vulnerable to climate change impacts, such as drought and erratic rainfall patterns. Kenya needs to develop a more resilient and stable supply of electricity, while rapidly developing its base load of electricity production to meet growing demand.

India, recognising the challenge of pursuing rapid economic growth in a sustainable manner, has developed an energy efficiency scheme to govern large energy consumers. Energy efficiency measures can support India's development priorities while yielding climate co-benefits.

This thematic brief is part of a four-part series by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) which highlights lessons learned from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) special report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (known as SREX).

CDKN aims to help decision-makers in developing countries design and deliver climate compatible development. Managing climate-related disaster risk is a high priority for CDKN’s core audience: national planners and policy-makers in developing countries.