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Reaching an international climate agreement at COP 21 in Paris this December will place a focus on the ambitions of individual countries through the framework of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) as individual actions or developing country government initiatives are being positioned as a tool which closes the gap between high-level country ambitions and action on the ground necessary to make them achievable.

Findings in the latest Mid-year Status Report from the Mitigation Momentum project indicate that there is a clear increase over the years in NAMA activities (up 28% on the November 2014 Report).

Analyzing the NAMA Database, the report finds that there were 140 NAMAs under development, with eleven under implementation across 37 countries. While some countries are already implementing NAMAs, many are ready to start with the right financial, technical and capacity building support.

NAMAs development is increasing but implementation is stalling. Source: www.nama-database.org

In terms of geographical dispersal, the majority of NAMAs in the Database are in Latin America (40%) with the least in Europe (9%). Africa and the Middle East were equally split with 26% and 25% respectively. The majority of NAMAs were in the energy sector, with the least in Forestry.

Regional and sectoral overview of NAMAs. Source:www.nama-database.org

While the report applauds efforts by the NAMA Facility and the Green Climate Fund for their cultivation of support for NAMAs, it also highlights the need to grasp opportunities to secure funding from international, public and private sector sources.

The report concludes that for NAMAs to fulfill their true potential they can best be embraced as a bottom up and flexible approach which contributes not only to emission reductions, but also to wider sustainable development efforts.

The full Annual Status Report will be launched at COP 21 in Paris.

For more information, visit NAMA News.

Photo credit: Asian Development Bank (Flickr).

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