About NAMAs

NAMA News shares stories about how developing countries, often with international support, are lowering global emissions, creating jobs, improving living conditions, and preparing for a low-emissions world.

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What is a NAMA?

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) began as a way for developing countries to contribute towards global climate change efforts while moving their economies on sustainable development pathways. NAMAs have since become recognized as a powerful agent for transformational social, economic, and environmental change. In addition to measurably lowering emissions, NAMAs are proven to enhance food security, improve public health, increase energy supply, and much more.

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NAMAs come in many shapes and sizes ranging from specific local actions to broad national policy initiatives. One thing that they all share is that they are country driven and are based on the country’s specific needs and characteristics.

Innovation has become a keyword for describing NAMAs, both in terms of the financing models used to fund them and the low-emissions development strategies introduced by them. Successful implementation provides scalable and replicable models for other countries to follow, saving vital time and resources in the efforts to address climate change.

Born of an agreement among 194 countries, NAMAs are a reassuring example of global collective efforts and progress towards a universal agreement on climate change in Paris at the end of this year.

The NAMA registry

In 2013, as a means to facilitate international financial and technical support for NAMAs, the UNFCCC launched the NAMA registry.

Developing countries can enter details of their NAMAs into the registry, while countries and international oganizantion willing to support NAMAs enter their information into the registry, thereby providing a platform to facilitate matching of NAMAs with support.

All entries in the registry, whether from a country seeking support or an organisation offering support, are accessible by the public and provide an open view into the world of greenhouse gas mitigation in developing countries.

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