December 7, 2015
About this report
Analysts from seven global civil society groups and research organizations in Europe, the US, and India, under the umbrella of the Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions network, conducted an independent assessment of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda initiatives. The aim of the independent assessment was to evaluate the overall trends, strengths, and weaknesses of the LPAA initiatives across a range of criteria, and to offer insights on how the LPAA can best accelerate climate action beyond COP21. The assessment was not a formal part or requirement of the LPAA, nor was it funded by the LPAA partners; however the endeavor was supported by the LPAA steering committee. The assessment analyzed 72 initiatives in the six weeks before COP21 and found significant transformative potential, wide geographic participation, and robust capacity to deliver, as well as specific areas for further development and strengthening.
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This independent report has assessed 72 initiatives under the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA). The initiatives cover all twelve LPAA themes, with about two-thirds of initiatives launched in 2014-2015. Analysts from six research organizations and civil society groups in the Europe, India, and the United States compiled information from the LPAA partners, public sources, and questionnaires sent to initiatives in order to perform this assessment. Organizations did not assess initiatives in which they were organizers or participants.
The assessment was carried out in the six weeks before COP21. This accelerated timeframe allowed the report to capture the most up-to-date information on the initiatives as they came together in advance of COP21. At the same time, this timeframe necessarily limited the depth of the analysis that was possible.
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