CCAP Hosts Fourth Latin American Regional MAIN Dialogue


Star Dodd, Communications Director

CCAP Hosts Fourth Latin American Regional MAIN Dialogue

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic – Developing climate change mitigation actions and determining ambitious policy strategies will be a key focus of the Center for Clean Air Policy’s upcoming dialogue. CCAP’s fourth Latin American regional dialogue of the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) will take place from Oct. 29 – 31 and will be hosted by the Dominican Republic’s National Council for Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL). Centering on designing and implementing climate change policies, or nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), CCAP’s MAIN dialogue will address possible financial mechanisms for NAMAs, criteria for selecting NAMAs for international support, and metrics for monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) of NAMAs.

“CCAP’s MAIN program allows our developing country partners to see results on the ground,” said CCAP President Ned Helme. “Bringing NAMAs to the forefront should be a key strategy for MAIN participants who not only want to meet their greenhouse gas reduction goals, but also contribute to their country’s sustainable development, ultimately improving public health and creating a better quality of life.”

In addition, the executive vice president of CNCCMDL, Omar Ramirez Tejada, stated it is important that the fourth meeting of CCAP’s MAIN program is hosted in the Dominican Republic, as the government, through the National Development Strategy, has among its purposes “to promote decarbonization of the national economy through the use of renewable energy, the development of the biofuels market, saving and energy efficiency and promoting clean and efficient transport.”

The MAIN program works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the waste, transport and energy sectors by offering technical help to developing countries to craft climate change policies. MAIN dialogues in Latin America bring together senior government officials from eight participating countries (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic), convening representatives from environment, energy, transportation, planning, and development ministries. Teams learn from outside speakers, exchange case studies and lessons learned on NAMAs in the region, and discuss strategies for designing NAMAs that are attractive to possible funders.

Building on previous Latin American MAIN meetings held in Costa Rica, Chile and Colombia, this dialogue in the Dominican Republic will convene over 60 participants from developing and contributing countries, financial institutions, and other organizations. The MAIN initiative is undertaken with generous support from Environment Canada, Germany ICI, Denmark, and other funders.

Since 1985, CCAP has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is the only independent, nonprofit think tank working exclusively on those issues at the local, U.S. national and international levels. Headquartered in Washington, DC, CCAP helps policymakers around the world develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems that balance both environmental and economic interests. For more information about CCAP’s MAIN program, please contact Michael Comstock at For information about CCAP, visit

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