Following an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in October 2018, the Climate Policy Lab is in discussions with the Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Commission of Ethiopia to continue its collaboration on climate policy implementation, related research, and training of professionals in Least Developed Countries (LDCs). CPL views Ethiopia as a strategic country engagement, and one that can help us reach the wider LDC group of countries.  Ethiopia is a forerunner in Africa with its Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy, its relatively progressive Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), and its determination to find a green growth economic model.  Together with the Ethiopian government and academic partners, CPL will focus on measurement of impact, with first steps being the development of metrics to measure climate policy and green growth performance. 

MOU Areas of Collaboration

  1. Provide training on multilateral environmental diplomacy to the Climate Vulnerable Forum and developing countries more generally in both international negotiations and domestic climate policy design and implementation;

  2. Review and evaluate existing climate and environmental policies and laws;

  3. Develop and use methods to measure progress on implementation of climate-related goals;

  4. Identify medium and long-term strategies for creating synergies among mitigation, adaptation, resilience, disaster risk-reduction, and development;

  5. Align and integrate climate policy and sustainable development goals; and

  6. Organize South-South workshops to facilitate an exchange of climate policy best practices.

Partnership Highlights

  • The Fletcher School had the opportunity to share a booth with Ethiopia at COP24 in Katowice, Poland.

  • CPL faculty, fellows, and staff traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in June 2019 to scope out a specific work plan for supporting the implementation of Ethiopia’s NDC, for clarifying research opportunities, and to plan the continuation of training programs CPL has already conducted in Ethiopia for the Climate Vulnerability Forum (CVF) and LDCs on topics including climate diplomacy and negotiation; measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV); and policy gap analysis. The CPL team was able to expand our understanding of Ethiopia’s climate priorities through meetings with ministers, government officials, and researchers. CPL met with Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, the State Minister of Energy together with staff from the Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Energy, two State Ministers of Agriculture, the Commissioner and his staff of the Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Commission, as well as officials and staff from the following: the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Finance, the Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute (EEFRI), the Ethiopian Investment Commission, Addis Ababa University, the World Resources Institute, the U.S. Embassy, and USAID.

  • Associate Director, Mieke van der Wansem and pre-doctoral fellow, Rishikesh Bhandary, traveled to Ethiopia to conduct a training on Climate Vulnerability Forum (CVF) and LDCs on topics including climate diplomacy and negotiation; measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV); and policy gap analysis in November, 2017.