About SSN

We assist governments, the private sector and research institutions in understanding the economic, social and environmental choices that climate change presents. We collaborate extensively with partners who share our vision of sustainable development.

We capture and share lessons as they emerge, to contribute to global knowledge on achieving climate-compatible development in practice. SSN is a non-profit organisation operating from Cape Town, South Africa.

Latest News


November 27, 2014


The MAPS  Programme will hold its official side event, “Innovation in the development of INDCs:The MAPS Experience”, at COP20 on Tuesday, 9th December from 18.30-20.00 at Paracas, Cuartel General del Ejército.  The event will be moderated by Chile’s Minister of Environment, Mr Paul Badenier. Speakers include Emilio la Rovere and Barbara Oliveira from Brazil, Rodrigo […]

EconLab Cape Town

November 27, 2014

MAPS hosts EconLab

In November, Cape Town hosted EconLab 3. The Lab brought together over 30 experts from Peru, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, India and South Africa.  The experts shared their economy-wide modelling approaches and the estimates of the social and economic implications of climate mitigation strategies. The second OTB Lab was also held in November, in Cape Town. […]


November 18, 2014

CDKN on training journalists in climate change

Following participation in the South African National Climate Change Response Dialogue, SSN’s Claire Mathieson argues that the media has an ethical obligation to report on climate change wherever possible – even in ‘unrelated’ stories.

Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa

November 10, 2014

SSN at National Climate Change Response Dialogue

Members of SSN represented CDKN at the National Climate Change Response Dialogue where the IPCC AR5 Outreach Event took place. The 500-strong conference saw the gathering of climate-orientated organisations meet and share learnings. CDKN also hosted a training of regional journalists on the AR5.