COP16 - A global registry for NAMAs: linking mitigation, technology, finance, and sustainable development
More than 150 participants attended the side event on "A global registry for NAMAs: linking mitigation, technology, finance, and sustainable development", which was jointly organized by TERI and the Centre for Climate Science and Policy, Linköping University. The event proposed design elements for a balanced, fair, and inclusive design of a registry for NAMAs, addressing institutional and governance issues in operationalizing principles of national appropriateness, MRV, and sustainable development.
The event was in the form of moderated panel discussion with Prof. Björn-Ola Linnér, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research at Linköping University, Sweden as the moderator. The key presentations were made by Neha Pahuja, Researh Associate at The Energy Research Institute, TERI, India and Dr Mattias Hjerpe, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research at Linköping University. The presentations were followed by comments from the panel, which comprised of Ewah Out Eleri, ICEED; Jane Ellis, OECD; Chai Qimin, Tshingua University; Niklas Höhne, Ecofys; and Benito Müller, OIES.
Highlighting the importance of the concept 'nationally appropriate', both Müller and Höhne stressed on the importance of ownership by the developing countries and organizing local commitment. Pointing that it is difficult to find criteria for funding NAMAs, the panel emphasized that a registry could be an instrument to give overarching view of various proposals and the funding available. Ellis highlighted that while National Communications of non-Annex I gives a good overview of non-Annex I mitigation action, the support for mitigation lacks a mechanism for linking funding and actions, and here there is a role for a registry. Further, as national communications have a long preparation time and are, therefore, not suited for details. In this respect, the registry is more dynamic. She, however, cautioned that bilateral aid may not go via the registry as some countries (Bangladesh and Indonesia) have already set up their own funds. She further stressed on questions relating to equitable distribution of the funding and lack of clear definition of climate support. Eleri and Höhne supported the proposal that all actions that can bring about long-term systemic changes should be included as NAMAs. Quimin further stated that the registry should cover all mitigation actions, even if not leading to direct emission reductions.
The panel concluded on the note that NAMAs will be an important instrument and there is a need to expedite the operation process now citing experience of CDM, which took more that four years to be operationalized.