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UNFCCC Releases Report on Workshop to Further the Understanding of NAMAs by Developing Countries

UNFCCC13 August 2012: The UNFCCC has released the report (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/INF.2) of a workshop to further the understanding of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, underlying assumptions, and support needed for implementation of these actions. The report contains a summary of the workshop presentations and the exchanges of views.

The objective of the workshop, which was held in Bonn, Germany, on 18 May 2012, was to facilitate the understanding of the diversity of NAMAs by developing countries as communicated and contained in document FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/INF.1, the underlying assumptions and any support needed for the implementation of these actions. The meeting, organized by the Secretariat during the first part of the 15th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), addressed, inter alia: the diversity of NAMAs; their underlying assumptions; methodologies, sectors and gases covered; the global warming potential value used; the support needed for NAMA implementation; and the estimated mitigation outcomes.

Presentations were made by 12 parties and an observer organization, which showed that NAMAs are diverse in scale, scope, means of support and co-benefits resulting from their implementation. The report highlights that NAMAs presented were at different stages of development; some in initial planning; others at the final stage of development, ready to seek support for implementation; and others are already being implemented.

The report also underscores that: many parties' NAMAs are being prepared and implemented in the context of wider national action plans and long-term development strategies; institutional arrangements, instruments and incentives, including national funds and regulatory and legislative frameworks, are being carried out to facilitate NAMAs implementation; and multi-stakeholder, participative process-based approaches are being used in developing action plans. Additionally, parties presented estimates of financial support needed for their NAMAs' implementation.

This workshop was organized following the decision of the Conference of the Parties, at its seventeenth session, to continue in-session workshops in a structured manner, to further the understanding of the diversity of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing country Parties as communicated and contained in document FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/INF.1, the underlying assumptions and any support needed for the implementation of these actions, noting different national circumstances and the respective capabilities of these Parties. [Workshop Report]