Study of sub-national involvement in NAMAs

Published: 25/07/2013

A new study undertaken by Ecofys reviews how sub-national actors (e.g. regional, districts, cities) are involved in the design and implementation of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), highlighting emerging good practice to improve vertical integration of future climate policy design and implementation.

The study, undertaken by Ecofys for the GIZ on behalf of the German Ministry of Environment, informs the start-up phase of an innovative new vertical NAMA (VNAMA) programme showcasing good practice in involving sub-national actors in national climate strategy and implementation. The VNAMA programme will develop and pilot vertically integrated NAMAs in Indonesia and South Africa between now and 2015. More information is available here.

The study Sub-national involvement in NAMA development produced by Ecofys’ International Climate Polices Unit identifies key barriers to effective sub-national integration such as lack of financial or political incentives and institutional weaknesses or differences. It goes on to highlight the importance of identifying stakeholder barriers and incentives in order to build capacity and facilitate better institutional integration. A checklist is included which summarizes the report’s findings with suggestions for how to address the common barriers identified and enable better vertical integration in climate policy.

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