Full title: Knowledge transfer and research needs for preparing mitigation/adaptation policy portfolios Duration: 2011 – 2013
Funding: EU FP7
Aim: The development and evaluation of mitigation/adaptation (M/A) policy portfolios and the prioritization of research needs and gaps for twelve (12) countries (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine) characterized as emerging economies.

: Sixteen (16) institutions from fourteen (14) countries, Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hellas, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine participated at the consortium with KEPA as the coordinator.
The objectives were the:

  • Evaluation of available data and information: Overview of international procedures and standards in collecting and reporting data and information as well as data collection and development of national databases for the beneficiaries are included;
  • Choice and implementation of appropriate model(s) for emerging economies for the development of the necessary scenarios based on the existing conditions and the reliability of input data;
  • Development of scenarios – M/A policy portfolios: Scenarios were implemented (Business-as-usual, Optimistic, Pessimistic) for the development of effective M/A policy portfolios under a post Kyoto agreement for the twelve beneficiary countries;
  • Evaluation of policy portfolios: The developed M/A policy portfolios were evaluated against a set of criteria incorporating social, economical and environmental requirements by using a specially developed multi-criteria method (AMS);
  • Prioritization of research needs and gaps: Existing research needs and gaps preventing the development of effective M/A policy scenarios in beneficiary countries were identified with parallel presentation of existing EU and other international funding mechanisms;
  • Training: A two-stage seminar (long distance learning and one week case study in Athens) for post graduates and decision makers was developed. Further to that an intensive contingency plan was developed to meet unscheduled knowledge gaps;
  • Dissemination: all reports were submitted to the 12 governments of BSEC countries for comments before their finalization. Final outcomes were presented to BSEC ministerial meetings and working groups, UN, international conferences and at least ten national workshops – conferences while scientific editions were also developed.