Second Asia Dialogue on the Development of NAMAs

Today begins the second Asia Regional Dialogue on the Development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), as part of CCAP’s Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN). This meeting builds on the first MAIN-Asia dialogue, which took place in October 2011, and will be hosted by Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE). For the next three days, inter-ministerial teams of policymakers from seven Asian developing countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan and China) will convene in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, along with potential NAMA funders from developed countries, development banks, and financial institutions. Through expert presentations, roundtable discussions with contributing countries, and sector-specific breakout sessions, the dialogue will improve countries’ ability to design and develop effective NAMAs that are consistent with countries’ development priorities and attractive for international financing.

Ms. Tran Thi Minh Ha, Director General of the International Cooperation Department within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), will open the MAIN dialogue, followed by a presentation by CCAP’s President Ned Helme on MAIN and the current state of play of NAMAs and NAMA finance. Participants will hear updates on each of the seven countries’ progress on NAMAs to date. Contributing countries and organizations will also be invited to share information about their climate finance programs, provide feedback for teams on the “fundability” of their NAMAs, and advance NAMA finance.

In order to advance a shared vision between developing countries and contributing countries on what constitutes an effective and financeable NAMA, CCAP’s Michael Comstock will present this afternoon on potential criteria to be used in selecting NAMAs for financial support,. His presentation will be based on a recently released CCAP discussion paper, Criteria for Evaluating Supported NAMAs: A straw proposal of conceptual criteria for selecting NAMAs to receive international support, which seeks to help shape early NAMAs, define and focus the NAMA concept, encourage expanded funding, shape the design of the evolving GCF, and later help advance the UNFCCC negotiations. Through these discussions – and others on finance, MRV, and sectoral efforts over the coming days – CCAP’s MAIN initiative is equipping developing countries with the tools to design effective NAMAs, so that the first precedents are ambitious and unassailable.

As the dialogue progresses over the next few days, CCAP will provide real time updates via Twitter, Facebook and the CCAP blog. We invite you to join the discussion!

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