FERDI is involved in the debate and thinking about post-COP21 action. It is studying the effects of environmental degradation and climate shocks in developing countries and the effects of trade policies on the environment. FERDI has also started a research group on electrification projects.
FERDI's research focuses on:
Effects of environmental degradation and climate shocks on low-income countries and the implications of such degradation for their climate change adaptation and mitigation policies
Definition of criteria for the allocation of climate change adaptation funds based on the vulnerability of developing countries to climate change
Assessment of the difficulties in reaching agreement on the reduction of tariff barriers for environmental goods
Impact of exchange rate policies on CO2 emissions
Impact of environmental degradation and its consequences (increased conflicts) on migratory pressures
Electrification projects: their identification and impact on economic development and poverty reduction, particularly in Africa.
Results and Impact
Before COP21, publication of the collective book Towards a Workable and Effective Climate Regime. The book, which brings together the evaluations of 35 experts, was the subject of several blog articles on VOXEU and Brookings. The English e-book version, whose chapters can be downloaded individually, has been widely consulted.
FERDI participates in international climate events by organizing conferences on topics related to adaptation in developing countries, vulnerability to climate change, and electrification.
FERDI offers formulae for sharing climate change adaptation funds using its innovative indicators, in particular, the Physical Vulnerability to Climate Change Indicator (PVCCI), which measures a country's vulnerability to climate shocks.