Green light for NAMA project in the Dominican Republic

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Picture: Presidencia de la República Dominicana

On 16 April the Governments of Germany and the Dominican Republic met in Santo Domingo to launch a project that will support the Caribbean state in implementing its national Climate Compatible Development Plan. Germany had already pledged its support to the Dominican Republic in late 2012 when the project - which has a total volume of €4.5 million funded by the International Climate Initiative (ICI) - was presented at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha. The project is designed to help the Caribbean state achieve its national goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% compared with 2010.

To mark the start of the project, the Vice President of the Dominican Republic, Margarita Cedeno de Fernandez, received Norbert Gorißen, Head of Division, International Climate Initiative at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), in Santo Domingo. Further talks with relevant ministries, the private sector and representatives of civil society provided a platform for intensive dialogue on bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

The project builds on the findings of a forerunner project, which has been funded by the International Climate Initiative since 2011. The second phase of the project, which is now about to get underway, focuses on implementing a nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) in the waste and cement sector. The objective is to promote the use of waste as a raw material and energy feedstock in the Dominican cement sector in order to replace natural resources and fossil fuels in energy-intensive processes. This will cut greenhouse gas emissions, while reducing the country's dependence on fossil fuel imports. At the same time the project will put in place an MRV system to measure, report and verify the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) will implement the project.