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Environmental Governance and Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs): The Case of Open Burning in Thailand
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Environmental Governance and Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs): The Case of Open Burning in Thailand

No.2013-03
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2013-10

Research on short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) has been based more on air pollution and energy models than how existing policies affect the model’s recommended actions. This article analyses how Thailand’s policies influenced attempts to control a critical source of SLCPs: open burning. In 2012, Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) led a cross-agency initiative to combat open burning called the Eight-Point Plan. The Eight-Point Plan offered a wider range of compliance incentives than previously adopted control efforts to control open burning. However, the plan’s effectiveness rests on improving the quality/coverage of monitoring data; expanding community engagement; and earmarking multi-year funding for sustained implementation. Introducing these enabling reforms will require strengthening environmental governance. Scholars working on co-benefits and SLCPs would also benefit from making governance more central to their research.

Key Words: Open agricultural burning; Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), Eight-point plan; Co-benefits

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