Maximizing the impact of transport NAMAs

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions prioritize local context in efforts to curb the effects of climate change

Local context is an essential component in combating climate change and implementing sustainable transport measures. Photo by Akshay Mahajan/Flickr.

The creation of a new climate instrument, Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), to foster, support and recognize effort to mitigate climate change was one of the key outcomes achieved at COP 13 in Bali, Indonesia. Aimed at providing localized solutions to the challenges of low-carbon sustainable development in developing and emerging economies, NAMAs are policies, projects, or strategies that lead to climate change mitigation. The specifications for the structure, measurement, reporting, and verification of these activities are potentially less strenuous than traditional means of climate finance. Multiple actors are currently working to expand feasibility studies and proposals related specifically to transport NAMAs. The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities Energy and Climate team is dedicated to unlocking their potentially transformative impact in emerging economies. Our main activities are:

  • Analyzing the bottom-up evolution of the concept and design of NAMAs and supporting NAMA projects in key countries, including Mexico, Peru, and Colombia.
  • Supporting international negotiations on the design, structure, financing, and monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) process and procedures of NAMAs.
  • Bridging the international, national, and local perspectives on Transport NAMAs through capacity building, research, NAMA technical assistance, and the development of a Transport NAMA Database

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