Exploring Sustainable Low Carbon Development Pathways

Providing sustainable development for all and fighting climate change – these are two major challenges the world faces today. The project “Exploring Sustainable Low Carbon Development Pathways” aims to point out ways how to combine both: climate protection and sustainable development. As a joint initiative by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Bread for the World (BftW), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Climate Action Network International (CAN-I) and ACT Alliance of Churches, the project is led by the common understanding that any future development model has to be

Low Carbon.
That means with a minimal output of greenhouse gas emissions.

Ecologically Sustainable.
That means fully respecting planetary boundaries.

Human Rights-based.
That means with a strong focus on poverty reduction and participation.

Socially Inclusive.
That means creating wealth and employment while absorbing negative social impacts.

That means equally sharing burdens and opportunities between different stakeholders.

Nationally appropriate.
That means respecting countries different backgrounds and challenges towards sustainable development.


The project was started in 2013 in four pilot countries: Kazakhstan, Peru, Tanzania and Vietnam. In close co-operation and ownership with different national partners from civil society, politics and science we aim to

  • Explore Sustainable Low Carbon Development Pathways in these countries which could serve as regional and international examples.
  • Show that Low Carbon Development is not only possible but economically and socially beneficial.
  • Create platforms for dialogue at the national level for a range of different stakeholders.
  • Support and intensify networks between civil society actors in the respective countries and regions.

Study: Pioneers of Change

Rural populations have started to enjoy improved access to electricity, higher incomes, and less polluting cook stoves. They become more resilient and maintain a better environment for future generations, if part of respective programmes.

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Low-carbon development in Peru

Peru is a relatively small contributor to global emissions of greenhouse gases. At the same time it is very vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

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