The Strategic Mitigation Adaptation and Resilience (SMART) Tool: Integrating Planning Objectives in Southeast Asia and Pacific Countries
Developing long-term low emissions development strategies (LT-LEDS) provides an opportunity for Asia-Pacific countries highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change to simultaneously achieve other development objectives, including energy and food security, economic resilience and resilience to natural disasters. By undertaking mid-century planning across policy areas of mitigation, adaptation, resilience and sustainable development, countries can design and implement a pathway that considers the interactions, synergies, and trade-offs of all their national priorities. However, integrated planning between adaptation and mitigation objectives can be challenging, with a risk that mitigation actions may undermine or weaken adaptation or resilience outcomes. The Strategic Mitigation Adaptation and Resilience (SMART) Tool was developed to identify these potential co-benefits and trade-offs. This presentation discusses key findings from the SMART analysis undertaken for Pacific Island and Vietnamese country contexts, including identification of ‘no regrets’ or ‘least regrets’ actions in support of robust, integrated planning objectives.