“Implementation of Transit Oriented Development (Implementación de DOT)”

CCAP, with the support of the USAID Mexican Low Emissions Development (MLED) Program,  is working in close coordination with the ministries of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) and Urban Development and Land Planning (SEDATU) to support implementation of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) as a new model for sustainable urban development in Mexican cities to reduce... continue reading »

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A Plan for the New Normal: The President’s Climate Action Plan Calls for Preparing the U.S. for the Impacts of Climate Change

On a hot and muggy, 90-degree day on the Georgetown University campus in Washington, DC President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan to the nation Tuesday. In addition to cutting carbon, CCAP applauds President Obama for placing climate resilience at the center of his three-part plan. Under the scorching sun, the president summarized recent weather events: continue reading »


Road to NAMAs: Global Stories of Successful Climate Actions

The ten stories showcased in this book include examples from around the world where countries have implemented NAMA-like policies that have successfully reduced greenhouse gas emissions while contributing to measurable sustainable development outcomes. In conducting the research for this book, mitigation actions in both developed and developing countries were considered, specifically those within the five... continue reading »


MRV for NAMAs: Tracking Progress while Promoting Sustainable Development

This paper examines international experience with Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV), which has focused on accounting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the national and project levels. National reporting of emissions has centered on the preparation of national communications which are required every four years for developed countries. While national communications are currently voluntary for... continue reading »


Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN)

Supporting Ambitious Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions CCAP is working to support the design and implementation of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) and Low-Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) in developing countries through regionally-based dialogues, web-based exchanges, and practitioner networks. Recent UNFCCC negotiations have made it clear that climate protection will depend on actions on the ground in both developing and developed countries. In recent years, developing countries have shown a significant commitment to reducing emissions unilaterally and being involved in the ultimate climate solution. The MAIN initiative works to identify and highlight the most successful developing country mitigation policies and uses these lessons to assist other countries in refining their policies and implementation frameworks in order to achieve ambitious mitigation actions. Mitigation Action Implementation Network Objectives This initiative is designed to: Improve participant country’s capacity to design, plan and implement NAMAs that are consistent with any LEDS or national sustainable development plans. MAIN allows participants to learn from peers on real-world strategies to develop, finance and implement highly effective and cost-competitive NAMAs. Harvest best practices in NAMA development and implementation and provide participants with examples of successful bottom-up strategies informed by on-the-ground, in-country experiences.  These examples will offer an effective way to achieve significant emission reductions. Promote collaborative financing for such actions by providing strategies to make NAMAs attractive to possible funders from donor countries, including meeting expectations for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV).  MAIN dialogues will also help finance officials better understand the challenges faced in NAMA development and how funding can best support effective developing country policy outcomes. Help define a longer-term international program of action that produces global GHG reductions sufficient to limit adverse impacts from climate change. Provide participants with a network of personal contacts in other developing countries and with possible funders from developed countries who could support ambitious NAMAs. How MAIN Works MAIN consists of several components: Regional dialogues or “policy academies” wherein policy implementers from key ministries in each country, climate negotiators, finance and MRV experts, and industry representatives advance efforts to design, implement, and leverage financing for NAMAs.  These meetings will be composed of presentations on NAMA successes, roundtable discussions, brainstorming sessions, and networking opportunities. Harvesting of best practices is shared with participating countries, in which CCAP will identifies best practices in NAMA design and implementation, LCDS, MRV, and financing. Global dialogues and policy lunches that leverage the results of the fast-start finance period to shape climate policy at the international level. Virtual “knowledge sharing” sessions to enrich the peer-to-peer learning process initiated by the regional dialogues using web-based technology. Information About MAIN Introduction to the MAIN project – Asia and Latin America Video: Spurring Sustainable Development and Reducing Emissions through NAMAs continue reading »

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Q & A with Ned Helme: Leveraging Financial Investment in NAMAs

CCAP recently hosted a thought-provoking dialogue in Halong Bay, Vietnam for teams of policymakers from seven Asian countries in our Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN)  from July 24-26, 2012. MAIN is designed to help developing countries in Latin America and Asia to develop policy actions – known in UNFCCC parlance as nationally appropriate mitigation actions... continue reading »

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Asia Making Strides in Developing NAMAs

With growing emissions from the transport and energy sectors throughout Asia, enormous potential for renewable-energy deployment, and 700 million people still lacking access to electricity, Asian countries are ripe for the development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions in the energy, transport, waste, and other sectors. During the course of the CCAP’s second Mitigation Action Implementation... continue reading »

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Implementing Vertical NAMAs to Reduce Transportation GHGs

As part of the second Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) dialogue in Asia, Transportation Policy Analyst Chuck Kooshian presented “A Vertical NAMA for Sustainable Urban Development.” He discussed the importance of urban form (i.e. the physical layout and design of a city) in reducing energy use from transportation and some of the possible hurdles involved... continue reading »

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Climate Action in the Absence of a Global Carbon Market

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), once the flagship for supporting climate action in developed and developing countries, is facing tough times. Estimates by UNEP-Risoe show a massive imbalance between supply and demand for carbon credits in the coming years. It has been predicted that about 7 billion CDM credits will be generated between 2013 and... continue reading »