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As of: April 2017

MAIN Phase III: Fulfilling the Promise of NAMAs to Enhance International Climate Ambition

Objective and activities

Building on the work of previous CCAP projects and within the framework of the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) for the implementation of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), the project supports emerging economies and developing countries in Latin America and Asia in designing ambitious NAMAs and other impactful climate actions. This includes expanding the MAIN network, motivating developing country policy teams to develop more ambitious sectoral policies and to design more sophisticated and effective financial mechanisms, as well as helping the best NAMAs receive financing. CCAP will also build a pipeline of NAMAs for submission to the NAMA Facility. CCAP will bring GCF board members and key UNFCCC negotiators together to demonstrate how NAMAs can be the crucial building blocks for more ambitious pledges at Paris and the mainstays of the implementation process after Paris, defining a path to a lower carbon and more resilient development future in the context of NDC implementation.

Prior projects:
Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN)

Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) Phase II

State of implementation/results

  • Developed a series of policy papers on the need for  countries to convert their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) into policies, measures and financeable investment strategies, and the support that will be required by some developing countries to do so, including: Converting INDCs Into ActionNext Steps for Converting INDCs into Action, and a submission to the UNFCCC on Supporting NDC Conversion and Implementation through Post-Paris UNFCCC Processes.
  • Hosted an International Dialogue on Enhancing Ambition (IDEA). In October 2015,  convened negotiators, GCF Board members, and climate finance practitioners to understand the process of converting INDCs into financeable investment strategies, what funders are looking for to be able to finance them, and how climate finance institutions like the Green Climate Fund (GCF) can support those efforts.
  • Held a side event at UNFCCC COP21 in Paris, titled “Transformation in the Energy Sector and Achieving INDCs” with the International Council for Sustainable Energy (ICSE) and participation by the Governments of Uruguay and Germany, Germanwatch, and several private sector panelists.
  • Hosted policy lunches for GCF Board members and UNFCCC negotiators at GCF Board meeting and COP21 on key climate finance issues including: the GCF Strategic Plan, the support for INDC conversion, and strengthening the GCF project pipeline.
  • Submitted inputs to the GCF on the “Review of the Initial Proposal Approval Process” which included advocating for a two-stage approval process modelled in part on the NAMA Facility.
  • Hosted the 7th MAIN Latin America Regional Dialogue (MAIN-LAC) in Mexico City, Mexico, in February 2016, that convened high-level LAC country policymakers, and representatives of developed countries and funding agencies. The event continued the momentum coming out of Paris by promoting the need to convert NDCs into tangible and ambitious NAMAs and programmes as well as by highlighting key considerations for the mobilisation of financing, including GCF.
  • Convened the Climate Finance Forum, in May ,2016 in Bonn, Germany, which brought together high-level policymakers from developed and developing countries, and representatives from climate finance institutions, to encourage the development and financing of transformational programme proposals and climate strategies that will help developing countries achieve ambitious outcomes and sustainable development to meet their NDCs.
  • Developed policy analysis concerning the use of Internationally Transferred Mitigation Outcomes (ITMOs) as allowed for under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Submitted views to the UNFCCC on key issues regarding the generation and use of ITMOs, which can support the achievement of the global ambition promised in the Paris Agreement by expanding the range of options available to Parties to fulfill or exceed their current NDCs cost-effectively.
  • CCAP, along with UNEP-DTU and New Climate Institute, prepared a policy brief that looks at how to develop NAMAs that create favourable conditions for low-carbon investment. This entails considering three main dimensions: improving policy and institutional frameworks, addressing financial risks and returns, and identifying projects and demonstrating feasibility.
  • Support for Peru in developing a distributed renewable energy NAMA and for  Colombia in developing a municipal solid waste NAMA.

Project data

Global: Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Uruguay, Vietnam

Partner institution:

Argentina: Ministry of Energy
Chile: Ministry of Environment
Colombia: Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
Costa Rica: Ministry of Environment and Energy
Dominican Republic: National Council for Climate Change and CDM
Ecuador: Ministry of Environment
Panama: Ministry of Energy
Peru: Ministry of Environment
Uruguay: Ministry of Housing, Land Management and Environment
China: National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation
Indonesia: National Council on Climate Change
Malaysia: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Pakistan: Federal Cabinet Secretariat/Climate Change Division
Philippines: Climate Change Commission
Thailand: Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning
Viet Nam: Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

Implementing organisation:

Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP)

BMUB grant:
€ 3,000,000

07/2015 till 12/2017


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