NAMAs from the perspective of developing countries

Published: 03/03/2016

The Paris Agreement that was reached on 12 December 2015 delivered a universal accord on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a level that would keep the planet well below 2 degrees Celsius warming. Following that agreement, implementation is the new norm and countries now have the task to accelerate the pace at which GHG emissions are reduced. This publication presents the views from a group of government officials on the role Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) will play in implementation of the Paris Agreement in developing countries.

The conclusions are based on the response to a questionnaire and detailed interviews with developing country officials prior to, during and following, the Paris meeting. The country officials interviewed for this paper were drawn from the ministries responsible for the development of NAMAs of the following countries: Cambodia, The Gambia, Vanuatu, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Egypt. The interviewees recognise the relevance and value NAMAs have in helping them achieve their mitigation commitments. However, more integration is needed of actors such as regions and cities and the private and financial sectors. And the biggest challenge for developing countries remains accessing implementation finance.

Despite the challenges, interviewees see a future for NAMAs after the Paris agreement and regard them as a versatile vehicle to accelerate implementation of sectoral plans embedded in national climate strategies and INDCs.

The publication has been prepared by Ecofys for the Mitigation Momentum project which is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

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Angélica Afanador
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