Compressed Course: Sustainomics, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Offered by the Vale Institute of Sustainable Development and Munasinghe Institute for Development
Rio+20, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 19 June 2012
Coverage, Objectives and DetailsThe course provides coverage of core theory and many detailed case studies covering a wide range of applications relating to sustainable development - focusing on key areas like climate change, energy, agriculture-water resources, primary forests, infrastructure, and extreme events. The course material may be tailored further to suit student needs -- e.g., focus on the amazon region or selected sectoral applications.
The course will cover sustainable development comprehensively, paying special attention to developing a transdisciplinary framework called sustainomics, analytical methods, and decision criteria for making development more sustainable -- economically, environmentally and socially. Policy-oriented case studies will illustrate practical applications of the core theory, while classroom exercises will help build problem solving skills and provide experience in analyzing and presenting policy-relevant results to decision makers. The material is self-contained to facilitate the participation of students from a broad range disciplines, but those who have prior preparation in development, climate change, energy, environment, or resource economics will be able to follow the lectures more easily. A certificate of attendance will be provided on request.
Upon successful completion of the full course, participants will be better able to:
1.understand the critical issues underlying sustainable development in terms of its economic, social and environmental dimensions;
2. be familiar with the basic concepts and indicators of sustainable development so as to be able to define, frame and resolve issues;
3. assess and present alternative approaches to sustainable development, especially in critical sectors and areas like climate change and from a decision making perspective -- taking into account economic, social and environmental issues;
4. apply the tools of sustainomics (including Action Impact Matrix, sustainable development analysis, multi-criteria analysis, etc.); and
5. identify and undertake research in the field.
The course is offered free of charge. A basic course in development, climate change, energy, environment, engineering or resource economics is preferred.
Active participation in classroom discussions will be encouraged. The course will comprise lectures and illustrative case studies. A certificate will be provided on request, to those who complete the course.
Professor Mohan Munasinghe (biodata attached below) and staff of MIND and ITV.
The main text is: Making Development More Sustainable: Sustainomics Framework and Practical Applications by Mohan Munasinghe (Second Edition, MIND Press, Munasinghe Institute for Development, Colombo, 2010). A copy of this book is provided free of charge to all participants - see attachment below. Other materials include readings from two additional text books ("Climate Change and Sustainable Development" and "Aftermath of the Asian Tsunami"), modularized slides, DVDs, and other handouts.
PRELIMINARY COURSE OUTLINE (6 hours = 6 x 1 hour lectures)
Lecture 1: Introduction to SD and Sustainomics Framework
Getting acquainted, introduction to the course, description of specific modules and topics, course requirements, performance criteria, term paper topics, etc.
Sustainable development challenges at Rio+20, worldwide status and basic facts, future global scenarios Relevance of Agenda 21, millennium development goals, WSSD targets, etc.
Globalization: internationalization of goods, capital and labour markets Basic SD concepts: Bruntland report, other definitions, criticisms and practical problems Sustainomics framework for making development more sustainable: core principles, transdisciplinary approach, analytical methods and decision criteria.
Economic, social and environmental dimensions of SD, and various definitions of sustainability Key concepts: poverty, equity, economic efficiency, sustainability of growth. Multiple indicators of SD Practical examples illustrating how to improve the sustainability of growth, at the global, trans-national, national, sub-national, local and project levels.
Lecture 2: Analytical Tools and Methods
Integrating economic, social and environmental approaches
Optimality and optimization models, Durability models
Action impact matrix (AIM)
Macroeconomic policies and the environment, Macro-models
Green national income accounting, SEEA, real savings
Sustainable development assessment and evaluation
Analytical methods used in economics: cost-benefit analysis, multi-criteria analysis, decision rules
Issues-policy transformation mapping (ITM)
Economic valuation of environmental and social impacts, internalizing externalities
Role of markets and shadow prices
Applications at the local, sectoral and macroeconomic levels
Typical environmental assessment (EA) procedures
CASE STUDY: SD assessment of a tropical rainforest in Madagascar
CASE STUDY: Amazon rainforest - deforestation, valuation, biodiversity, resilience, policy responses etc.
Lecture 3: Climate Change Applications
Challenges, worldwide status, concepts, definitions, models and analytical methods.
Key scientific issues and options, Circular linkages between climate change and sustainable development
Vulnerability, impacts, adaptation, and adaptive capacity; Mitigation and mitigative capacity
Reconciling the right to SD and need for CC responses - global negotiations and bargaining strategies
Kyoto protocol and post-Kyoto issues - Clean Dev. Mech. (CDM), Joint Implementation (JI), emissions trading
Practical Application - Integrating SD policies and CC response strategies at the national level
Action Impact Matrix (AIM) applied to adaptation and mitigation
CASE STUDY: Brazilian perspective on climate change
Lecture 4: Agriculture and Water Resources & Sustainable Hazard Reduction and Disaster Management (SHARM)
Global status of water resources, agriculture and food security
Climate vulnerability, impacts and adaptation in developing countries
Action Impact Matrix (AIM) applied to prioritise vulnerabilities in Sri Lanka
CASE STUDY: Vulnerability of agriculture and water resources to climate change in Asia - focus on Sri Lanka
CASE STUDY: Agriculture and water issues and policy in Brazil
Sustainable Hazard Reduction and Disaster Management (SHARM) Methodology
CASE STUDY: Application of SHARM to the 2004 Asian Tsunami
CASE STUDY: Disasters & infrastructure issues and policy in Brazil
Lecture 5: Sustainable Energy Development (SED)
Sustainable energy development (SED): challenges, worldwide status and facts, concepts, and definitions.
Commercial energy - electricity, oil, gas and coal
Traditional fuels and renewables - fuelwood, biomass, solar, small hydro, wind, etc.
Integrated national energy planning (INEP) framework and analytical methods
Applications at the local, sectoral and macroeconomic levels
CASE STUDY: Integrated national energy planning and pricing policy in several countries
CASE STUDY: SED analysis of small hydro in Sri Lanka
Energy sector multistakeholder processes and participation, reform and restructuring
Energy policy instruments: sustainable pricing, demand management and conservation, command and control
CASE STUDY: SED issues and policy in Brazil
Lecture 6: Sustainable Consumption and Production, Millennium Consumption Goals (MCG), Course Review and Practical Application
Global resource constraints, crowding out the poor, IPAT
Sustainable consumption and production, sustainable lifestyles, virtuous cycle
Millennium consumption goals
Policy analysis and tools, pricing, labeling, advertising, value/supply chain anlysis, etc.
Sustainability accounting and reporting
Sustainomics Review and Application Guidance: determining priority issues and formulating problems; building trans-disciplinary teams; identifying data and applying relevant analytical tools; determining policy options; and presenting results to decision makers
Brief Biodata of Prof. Mohan Munasinghe - Course Instructor
Prof. Mohan Munasinghe shared the 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace, as Vice Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-AR4). Currently, he is Chairman of the Munasinghe Inst. of Development (MIND), Colombo; Professor of Sustainable Development, SCI, Univ. of Manchester, UK; Institute Professor, Vale Institute of Sustainable Development, Brazil; and Distinguished Guest Professor, Peking University, Beijing, China.
He has earned post-graduate degrees in engineering, physics and development economics from Cambridge University (UK), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), and McGill University and Concordia University (Canada). Prof. Munasinghe has also received several honorary doctorates (honoris causa). Highlights from 40 years of distinguished public service include working as Senior Energy Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka, Advisor to the United States Presidents Council on Environmental Quality, and Senior Advisor/Manager, World Bank.
He has taught as Visiting Professor at leading universities worldwide, and won many international prizes and medals for his research and its applications. Prof. Munasinghe has authored 94 books and over three hundred and fifty technical papers on economics, sustainable development, climate change, power, energy, water resources, transport, environment, disasters, and information technology. He is a Fellow of several internationally recognized Academies of Science, and serves on editorial boards of a dozen scientific journals.
From Mohan Munasinghe - who shared the 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace
Most Comprehensive Book on Sustainable Development!!
This 650 page second edition is fully updated. It provides a comprehensive, rigorous and practical framework for making development more sustainable by applying the innovative sustainomics methodology. The book is used in university courses worldwide, and applied in many countries. The author explains the key principles clearly, concisely and free of jargon, with mathematical and technical details given in annexes. He also illustrates the methodology using empirical case studies that are practical and policy-relevant over a wide range of time scales, countries, sectors, ecosystems and circumstances. The bibliography is extensive. The book will appeal to a broad audience, including students, researchers, lecturers, policy analysts and public and private decision makers, development practitioners, and concerned citizens.
Prof. Thomas Schelling, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Economics & Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Maryland, USA.
"This book is unique...comprehensive, concise and clear... brings together a wide range of skills... invaluable resource by a leading world authority on sustainable development. As an award winning researcher, his analysis is rigorous and well-argued. As a senior decision maker and manager with over 35 years of development experience, his advice is eminently practical. As a veteran professor with an enviable publications list, his arguments are lucid and convincing."
Prof. Gustave Speth, Dean, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale Univ. & former Administrator, United Nations Development Program, NY, USA.
"An impressive presentation of policy-oriented research...effectively mobilizes a wide array of scientific theories, methods and tools for making development more sustainable. In a trans-disciplinary spirit, but with feet firmly on the ground and drawing on economic, ecological and social disciplines, the author presents well chosen and eminently practical case studies. These examples at levels ranging from the global to the local, convincingly demonstrate his approach."
Prof. J.B. (Hans) Opschoor, Rector, Institute of Social Studies, & Professor of Environmental Economics, Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
"Sustainomics is a big idea...it is a gift, and we should do our best to try to use it well. Munasinghe's grasp is extraordinary. He provides wonderfully clear explanations and enlightening examples of actual development planning analyses... readers will leap with him from concept to application... invaluable to understand how sustainable development really works, and how it can protect environmental, economic and social values."
Dr. R. Reibstein, Centre for Energy & Environmental Studies, Boston Univ., USA.
"Munasinghe summarizes advances in theory and practice of the new analytical framework of sustainomics. Excellent and diverse case studiesâ€¦ well presented analytical tools, real-world applications, and superb bibliography. The author is a long-standing champion of sustainable developmentâ€¦ reaching out to values, beliefs, and religion."
Dr. A. Seth, Director, World Bank, Washington DC, USA.