CCAP Announces Strategic Partnership to Promote Developing Country Climate Change Mitigation Actions

3.22.11

Washington, D.C. — On Monday, March 21, government officials from several Latin American countries convened in Alajuela, Costa Rica, to kick off a new initiative to assist middle-income countries in Latin America and Asia to implement effective climate change mitigation actions.

The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), in partnership with the World Bank Institute (WBI) and INCAE Business School (Latin American regional partner), has launched the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) in an effort to promote the exchange of best practices among developing countries that are preparing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) or seeking financial support for these actions. This project is made possible with a generous grant from the German International Climate Initiative and with additional support from WBI’s Carbon Finance-Assist Program.

This initiative launches at a pivotal time in which developed countries have committed to provide US $30 billion – more funding than ever before – for developing country actions in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Although NAMAs have been identified in the UN climate negotiations as a fundamental approach to prevent climate change, many developing countries currently face substantial obstacles or lack the capacity needed for the rapid design and implementation of ambitious and cost-effective NAMAs. The MAIN initiative will provide project participants with the ability to design bottom-up strategies informed by successful, on-the-ground experiences in other countries.  It will also help participants understand how climate finance can best support effective policy outcomes and will ultimately feed into the UN climate negotiations.

“CCAP enthusiastically welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with the World Bank Institute and INCAE to support developing countries in the design and implementation of ambitious NAMAs,” says CCAP President Ned Helme. “The MAIN initiative will propel developing country participants into the roles of path-breaking leaders in the field of NAMA development. Furthermore, it will bring the international community closer to achieving global emissions reductions as promised in the Cancun Agreements.”

MAIN participant country teams will work together to develop efficient mitigation actions, to benefit from south-south learning exchanges, and to receive practical advice from their peers and outside experts. The initiative has two primary objectives: 1) to accelerate the development of effective NAMAs through dialogue, analysis, and best-practice sharing, and 2) to catalyze the establishment of a collaborative, regionally owned network of decision makers and practitioners. The project is comprised of a series of regional dialogues, or “policy academies,” in which climate negotiators, finance experts, industry/NGO representatives and policymakers central to the design of NAMAs in each country advance efforts to design, implement, and leverage financing for NAMAs that are consistent with national development plans. The initiative also includes a series of global dialogues and policy lunches designed to shape climate policy at the international level; web-based distance learning sessions between in-person meetings; and a major effort to identify and disseminate best practices in NAMAs, financing, and Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV).

The first four-day regional dialogue in Latin America began in Costa Rica on Monday, March 21 and is attended by representatives from six Latin American countries and the Caribbean. Potential NAMA donor countries will attend the latter portion of this dialogue to inform participant countries about financing priorities, learn about countries’ mitigation plans, give feedback on NAMA development, and discuss how funding can incentivize ambitious actions. The first Asian regional dialogue of the MAIN initiative will be held in the summer of 2011.