Regional Workshop on “Development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in South Caucasus countries“

09.07.2013 10:00 - 10.07.2013 17:00

On 9–10 July 2013, a South Caucasian regional workshop took place in Tbilisi, Georgia. The workshop, with the objective of introducing the concept of NAMAs and MRV in the context of international climate policy and guiding the process of developing NAMAs in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, was carried out within the framework of the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV and organised by the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC C).

The workshop was attended by more than 60 representatives of responsible ministries (ministries of environment, ministries of energy, ministries of economy, ministries of finance, ministries of agriculture) from the three South Caucasus countries, such as representatives of international organizations (United States Agency for International Development, United Nations Development Programme, KfW, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, etc.) non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

All three South Caucasus countries have expressed their interest to establish NAMAs, however lack of capacity and resources available at national level were stated by government representatives as the main barriers to the development of concrete NAMA proposals. Participants of the meeting shared upcoming ideas with regard to NAMA development and MRV in their countries.

Among other issues, the discussion revolved around the question ‘How much guidance is necessary (to do things well and open access to funding) and how much flexibility is desirable to develop measures that fit the very diverse and complex national circumstances?’. One general agreement was that ‘learning-by-doing’ and practicability is important. Processes should not be paralysed by applying a complicated MRV approach. A simple approach based on available data could be taken into consideration in the first instance (added value: transparency and a clearer picture), and be further developed in a second step.

Country situations (e.g. country priorities and positions) in the South Caucasus region differ. Nevertheless there are many common challenges and conditions. Regional exchange on particular issues (e.g. technology, sector expertise and knowledge) should generate added value for national progress, aiming at a common understanding of the NAMA development process in the region.

The regional workshop was part of the project ‘NAMAs in South Caucasus Countries’ supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and was followed by individual national NAMA training events in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. These national NAMA training events included the identification of concrete NAMA potentials within the specific national context.

REC C and the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV acknowledge the significant contribution made by stakeholders from the three countries and will continue promoting further exchange to support development of NAMAs in South Caucasus countries, e.g. via e-discussions. Furthermore, a regional follow-up meeting is planned for October 2013.

Download the workshop agenda and presentations below.

The documentation of the regional workshop and the national training events can be found here soon.

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