MAPS combines facilitated stakeholder processes with research. The programme will support South-South collaboration between developing countries in their plans to implement more ambitious mitigation actions. ERC, in collaboration with SouthSouthNorth, will focus on supporting researchers in MAPS countries, in analysing actions and how that can contribute to achieving targets and overall reductions in the growth of emissions. MAPS builds on the experience of South Africa’s long-term mitigation scenarios. MAPS activities in each country will crucially include a participative process with stakeholders from all sectors. In this sense, MAPS is not only another research study – but the information will be produced in partnership with the best indigenous and international research. It will strongly build on existing in-country research capacity, feeding information into a national process run by the country.