Spotlight on NAMA registry - One year, 21 countries

Find out more on NAMA Day during COP20 in Lima, Saturday 06 December

In 2013, the UNFCCC online registry was launched as a way to cross-match international support with climate action in developing countries.

Here's how it works. A developing country identifies a way to lower emissions as part of a bigger plan to develop the economy. When they are ready to start planning, or actually put an plan into action, they enter its description, cost estimate, and potential mitigation into the online program.

At the same time private financiers, developed countries, development banks, and international support organizations record their available financial and technical support in the registry.

The countries and supporters can read each other's entries, and when a supporter provides assistance to a particular Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action(NAMA), a registry match is made.

Many of the NAMAs in the registry are seeking support just to get started, and several are ready for full-scale implementation. Others are there as a way for countries to gain recognition for action they took using their own resources.

NAMAs differ from other climate actions in that they are designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions and also to have broad social, environmental, and economic impacts.

All NAMAs come from the countries themselves and have a national stamp of approval; elements for lasting change.

Mongolia and Uganda submitted NAMAs this week to bring the number of countries with NAMAs in the registry to twenty-one and the total NAMAs to seventy-one.

Uganda's six NAMAs propose a kaleidoscope of actions; efficient cook stoves for schools; waste reduction and reuse in Kampala; efficient transit in Kampala; silvopastoral techniques for grazing; anaerobic wastewater treatment; and national policies for vehicle inspection.

Mongolia's new NAMA would avert CO2 emissions using cutting edge cement production techniques, and it's ready to go. Cement production is responsible for a high percentage of CO2 emissions worldwide. In a country poised for major construction, lowering that number would make a difference for decades to come, and become a model for all countries.

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