"The Future if NAMAs" is a 5-page briefing paper that captures the discussions at parallel side-event, UNFCCC subsidiary body meetings on June 11, 2014 in Bonn. The briefing summarizes the expert discussion on the role of NAMAs in a future, post2020 climate change regime and how it can be ensured that NAMAs fulfil their promise as a way to enable much needed mitigation action at scale.
It starts with a short summary of the three presentations, followed by statements and viewpoints of the panelists during the subsequent discussion. The concept of "Nationally appropriate Mitigation Actions" (NAMAs), has been promising in mobilizing mitigation actions and initiatives in many developing countries around the world. Particularly as a mechanism for delivery of mitigation support and a platform for trust building, NAMAs seem to have a logical role in a future international climate architecture. Much of the enthusiasm for NAMAs has come from the fact that they are a voluntary bottom-up instrument with a focus on national development. At the same time the negotiations are entering a phase of politically sensitive discussions on Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). A number of climate policy analysts raise their concern that if NAMAs were too closely connected to commitments under the UNFCCC, host countries' enthusiasm and momentum for their continued development and implementation may fade.