11 December 2012. Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) are policies or activities that countries take on as part of a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The concept is built on the recognition that countries’ actions must be nationally-appropriate, and that countries have different capabilities and capacities for reducing emissions or financing mitigation projects. In order to share knowledge and successful ideas for developing NAMAs, the NAMA Partnership was launched on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar. The Partnership consists of UN agencies, development banks, bilateral organizations and other organizations.
The partnership focuses on information and knowledge sharing to deliver know-how in support of developing countries in three main areas: 1) NAMAs in the context of national development; 2) Preparation and implementation of individual NAMAs in different sectors or technologies; and 3) Finance. In particular it intends to enable multilateral organizations, bilateral cooperation agencies and think tanks to support developing countries’ efforts to prepare and implement NAMAs by sharing information and coordinating activities. Additionally, the NAMA Partnership and the International Partnership on Mitigation and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) will coordinate their activities and work programmes with the goal of building a low-carbon future.
UN members of the NAMA Partnership are: the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre (URC); the UN Development Programme (UNDP); the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO); UNEP-Division of Technology Industry and Economics (DTIE); and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Development banks partners are: the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO); the World Bank; the African Development Bank (AfDB); and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Bilateral Organizations are: the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD); the Japan International Cooperation Agency; KfW; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Other organizations include: the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI); the World Resources Institute (WRI); the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP); the Climate Works Foundation; the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).