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Fresh funds emerge for developing country climate action

Additional funds are now available for ambitious emission reduction action in developing countries, with the announcement of up to Euro 60 million from the NAMA Facility to support the implementation of transformational climate action plans laid out in countries’ Nationally Appropriate Mitigations Actions (NAMAs).

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Climate change mitigation: Women sell mango and sweet potato jam at the food processing shop in Bantantinnting, Senegal. They produced the jam with a Multifunctional Platform Project (MFP) introduced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), helping women and girls to no longer spend several hours a day gathering firewood or collecting water. MFP is a diesel engine to which a variety of end-use equipment can be attached, including grinding mills, battery chargers, vegetable or nut oil presses, welding machines and carpentry tools. Bantantinnting, Senegal. Photo credit: United Nations Photo Gallery

Transformational NAMAs can be projects, policies or programmes that shift a technology and/or sector in a country onto a low-carbon development trajectory. With the right support, NAMAs can be an important channel for achieving countries’ nationally determined contributions (NDCs), which are the main pillar of last December’s landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement.

This is the fourth Call of its kind for NAMA support project outlines and will run until 31 October 2016 (12 pm CEST/GMT+2). This additional funding brings the total made available to more than Euro 260 million, with 14 NAMAs already being supported in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Some changes in the 4th Call aim to simplify the application procedures and strengthen the readiness and financial structuring of NAMAs.

The NAMA Facility was established by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in 2012. Denmark and the European Commission joined in 2015.

Support is provided for projects to carry out a range of financial and technical measures. However, the main focus is on the mobilisation of additional capital investments to foster transformational change in the partner country. All projects submitted during the three previous Calls were evaluated against pre-determined selection criteria, which ensured that the most ambitious and transformational NAMAs would be selected for funding. The projects selected are listed below.
First Call:

  • Chile: Self-supply Renewable Energy
  • Colombia: Transit-oriented urban development
  • Costa Rica: Low Carbon Coffee
  • Indonesia: Sustainable Urban Transport Programme


Second Call:

  • Burkina Faso: Biomass Energy
  • Peru: Sustainable Urban Transport
  • Tajikistan: Forestry
  • Thailand: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning


Third Call:

  • Colombia: Domestic refrigeration
  • China: Integrated waste management
  • Guatemala: Efficient Use of Fuel and Alternative Fuels in Indigenous and Rural Communities
  • Kenya: Mass rapid transport system for Nairobi
  • South Africa: Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings Programme (EEPBP)


Detailed information on the 4th Call of the NAMA Facility, including all relevant application documents, are available here.

Important dates and upcoming events:

Deadline for submission: 31 October 2016
Webinar: 4th Call Introduction, 27 July 2016
Webinar: 4th Call Introduction, clarifications and FAQs, 7 September 2016

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