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Sustainable development co-benefits in the NAMA Facility

Sustainable development co-benefits can be seen from two different perspectives – from a climate and from a development perspective. The challenge to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is considered the first priority within the climate approach, leading to the view that sustainable development co-benefits result from mitigation actions . The development perspective regards sustainable development objectives as the primary driving force while emissions reduction is considered a side effect. As emissions are practically never occurring on their own, but are always considered an unwanted externality to other core activities the fact of the matter is that programmes such as the NAMA Facility focusing on emissions reduction are dependent on other actors pursuing development objectives in order to have a foundation. The two objectives are therefore mutually dependent.