New Publication released on NAMA Design

December 8, 2016

This NAMA Guide complements a growing stock of available relevant guidance materials, including emerging guidance on the relationship between Nationally Determined Contribution (NDCs) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). Its purpose is to provide additional guidance on NAMAs as an efficient tool to accelerate the materialization of those national contributions that are aimed at reducing global emissions.

It includes tools that countries may wish to use or consult throughout the various stages of their NAMA development process and which will be regularly updated in an online ‘toolbox’. This NAMA Guide, including the toolbox in Annex 1, should be considered a ‘living’ document, meaning that future updates will incorporate feedback and experiences from users and stakeholders.

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Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) represent a valuable opportunity for developing countries to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while remaining true to their sustainable development priorities and needs. They represent mitigation actions that are naturally framed within the targets specified by a country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). NDCs were established under Article 4 of the Paris Agreement as a means for Parties to jointly achieve the objective of limiting temperature rise to ‘well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C’.

In 2013, UNDP, the UNFCCC Secretariat and UNEP DTU joined forces to produce a comprehensive Guide on formulating effective NAMAs. The emergence of NDCs as frameworks for mitigation action and the associated processes defined under the Paris Agreement makes an updated second edition of this NAMA guidance document necessary, particularly to bring clarity to the relevance of NAMAs in the context of NDCs.