Climate Policy Journal The Schlamadinger Prize Country Stakes in Climate Change Negotiations:

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Climate Policy Journal
The Schlamadinger Prize
in Climate Change: Forestry, Land Use and Bioenergy
We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2010 Schlamadinger Prize:
Country Stakes in Climate Change Negotiations:
Two Dimensions of Vulnerability
Piet Buys1, Uwe Deichmann1, Craig Meisner1, Thao Ton That2, David Wheeler3
Development Research Group, The World Bank Washington, DC, USA.
UNEP/GRID Geneva, Châtelaine, Switzerland.
Center for Global Development, Washington, DC, USA.
The panel of judges found this article particularly innovative as it assessed developing countries’ likely attitudes
to international climate treaties. The research employed a comprehensive geo-referenced database of indicators
relating to global climate change impact vulnerabilities and energy resources. The thorough analysis and the
resulting detailed country-level information helped to explain what incentives are required to make the
establishment of such agreements more likely. This article is a timely input for the current international
negotiations for a new climate agreement, where the participation of developing countries is of high importance.
The authors of the winning article said:
“We would like to donate the prize money to SolarAid in memory of our friend, Piet Buys, who passed away in
an accident before the article was completed. Piet had an exemplary commitment to public service and
professional expertise, a passion for environmental conservation, and a deep interest in Africa. SolarAid, a British
non-profit, promotes solutions to climate change and global poverty by providing clean, renewable energy to poor
communities in Eastern and Southern Africa.”
The Schlamadinger Prize was created in memory of Dr Bernhard Schlamadinger. On behalf of the sponsoring
organisations, Climate Policy has created an annual prize for the best article in the specified fields accepted for
publication in Climate Policy. The next prize will be for papers appearing in the 2010 volume. The winning
author(s) will be awarded €1000 and announced on the journal website and at a major international conference.
The article should be in one of the areas to which Bernhard devoted his life’s research:
• Improving policies and methodologies related to bioenergy, particularly involving forest resources, to mitigate
climate change or contribute to adaptation efforts
• Improving methodologies for measuring and accounting for the climate benefits of forest options
• Describing mechanisms to include reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in future
climate agreements
Articles will be judged on the extent to which they provide:
• Important new insights into policies that can tackle climate change in one of the topics listed below
• Insights into effective means to move the implementation of the policies forward
Articles for consideration should be submitted to Climate Policy through the normal channels (
A selection will be forwarded annually at the end of each Volume, for judging by Joanneum Research where
Bernhard spent much of his career.