Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) have emerged as a central concept for mitigation actions by developing countries supported by finance, technology and capacity building from the developed world. In order to move the international climate negotiations under the UNFCCC forward and to support global climate mitigation efforts there is a strong need for the concept to be put into practice and to provide guidance on the successful development and implementation of NAMAs.

While NAMAs continue to be in early stages, frontrunner countries that finance and implement the first NAMA initiatives can influence the shaping of the rules of the new mechanism. Many countries have started to develop NAMA concepts and proposals, however, few countries have really reached the stage where NAMA implementation can start and finance can flow.

Mitigation Momentum has successfully supported the development of NAMAs in Chile, Kenya, Indonesia, Peru and Tunisia since 2012 with some of the NAMAs now moving into implementation. Going forward the project will continue to support partner countries with the development of NAMA proposals as well as finance and implementation strategies. New partner countries include Ethiopia, Georgia and Thailand.

The project has two main goals:
Firstly, and across 7 countries, it will support governments to take NAMAs to the next level. Depending on the specific country situation this may include the development of new NAMA concepts and proposals, taking existing NAMA efforts to the finance stage by providing proposals of sufficient detail and quality so as to be considered ‘fundable’ or devising broader NAMA finance and implementation strategies at the national level.

The second objective is to contribute to knowledge sharing and cooperation within the wider community of experts and practitioners through research and dissemination of best practice and lessons learned. The continued publication of the Annual Status Report on NAMAs, to coincide with the Conference of Parties in 2014 and 2015, will be a key activity here.

Project structure and output
To achieve the two goals mentioned above, the project is structured in four work streams:
The first work stream focuses on the development of NAMA proposals in four of the existing partner countries. Here ongoing NAMA efforts will continue to be supported to take NAMA proposals to the finance and implementation stage. Activities may also include the development of wider strategic NAMA finance and implementation frameworks and MRV systems.

The second work stream supports the development of NAMA proposals in three new partner countries, including Ethiopia, Georgia and Thailand. The aim here is to take existing NAMA efforts to the next level ideally to bring a specific NAMA to finance and implementation.

The third work stream produces the Annual Status Report on NAMAs and Update Reports in collaboration with experts and practitioners of the wider NAMA community. This will be complemented by research papers on selected NAMA topics as well as a comprehensive report on lessons learned in NAMA development building on the experiences gained in the Mitigation Momentum project.

The fourth work stream supports the Enhanced NAMA Cooperation Group of the International Climate Initiative (ICI) which brings together NAMA practitioners to coordinate and exchange knowledge on NAMA relevant activities and topics.

Closing the gap between finance and climate mitigation actions

On 10 November, 2017, during COP23 in Bonn, Germany, Ecofys, a Navigant Company and ECN launched the Annual Status Report on NAMAs.

The May 2017 edition of the NAMA Status Report show that NAMAs can be a key building block in unleashing private sector investments in NDC Implementation...

On 31st January Ecofys published a research paper on the landscape of multilateral climate finance for NAMAs. This paper seeks to enlighten government representatives and project developers...

NAMA Status Report Mid-year update 2017

Connecting multilateral climate finance to mitigation projects

NAMA Status Report 2016