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Negotiations pursuant to the Bali Action Plan concluded at COP 18 in Doha. As a part of the agreed outcome, developing country Parties will take Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in the context of sustainable development.

NAMAs refer to any action that reduces emissions in developing countries and is prepared under the umbrella of a national governmental initiative. They can be policies directed at transformational change within an economic sector, or actions across sectors for a broader national focus. NAMAs are supported and enabled by technology, financing, and capacity-building and are aimed at achieving a reduction in emissions relative to 'business as usual' emissions in 2020.

Information on measurement, reporting and verification of mitigation actions is found under National Communications and Biennial Update Reports from Non-Annex I  Parties.

NAMAs are defined in two contexts:

At the National Level as a formal submission by Parties declaring intent to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in a manner commensurate with their capacity and in line with their national development goals;

At the Individual Action Level as detailed actions or groups of actions designed to help a country meet their mitigation objectives within the context of national development goals.

1.) NAMAs at the National Level:

An open invitation for countries to communicate NAMAs aimed at achieving deviation from business as usual emissions is included in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 50. So far, fifty-seven countries as well as the African Group have done so, the results of which are available through the links below.

Interactive Map of Pre-2020 Actions

Misc Document containing all NAMAs

Original NAMA Submissions

2.) Individual NAMAs that contribute towards meeting the objectives of NAMAs at the National Level:

These NAMAs are diverse, ranging from project based mitigation actions to sectoral programmes or policies, and exist in one of the stages below. NAMAs that have been submitted to the NAMA Registry are publically available in this platform. 

Preparation: The action is in the conceptual or drafting phase towards a formal proposal that describes the activities, estimates cost, identifies support needs, assesses potential GHG emission reductions, and provides a time frame for the actions.

Implementation: The action has been approved by the national government and is either ready to begin operation or is awaiting the resources to do so.