Anglophone African Regional Workshop on “Converting INDCs into action: the role of NAMAs in INDC implementation” (2-4 May 2016, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

Background of the Workshop
The Paris Agreement firmly places Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) at the center of Parties’ efforts in moving their economies on low-emission resilient development. One hundred and sixty-one INDCs have been submitted so far. Countries now will need to identify and implement actions to achieve their vision. Strong national policy frameworks will need to be put in place to foster and enable sustained implementation.

As countries move forward with the implementation process nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) are expected to play prominent role, as identified by a number of developing countries, as an instrument that will be used to achieve their INDCs. INDCs in turn provide much needed context for design and implementation of NAMAs, providing countries opportunity to bring about coherence in climate change policies at the national level.

The workshop aimed to capitalize on the momentum of the Paris Agreement and facilitate discussion on converting INDCs into tangible, ambitious and implementable mitigation policies, programs and actions. This workshop facilitated provision of technical support to enable developing countries to achieve their low-emissions development vision articulated in their INDCs. In doing so in addition to facilitating support for design and implementation of NAMAs, the workshop also aimed to contribute towards facilitating climate policy coherence at the national levels, capitalizing on the opportunity provided by INDCs. To this end, the workshop brought together mitigation experts from Anglophone African countries and representatives of international organizations:

  • To facilitate discussion on linkages between NAMAs and INDCs and on how NAMAs can be used as one of the tools in achieving objectives enshrined in INDCS.
  • To facilitate exchange of experience on NAMA preparation and implementation in the sub-region and discuss how these experiences can be applied in INDC implementation.
  • To take stock of NAMA development and implementation process in Anglophone Africa: What were success factors? What were the main barriers/challenges and how were they overcome?  
  • To facilitate discussion on NAMA development cycle, particularly on Energy and AFOLU (agriculture, forestry and other land use) sectors using concrete NAMA examples: Review different phases of NAMA development: barriers, solutions applied, strengths and areas for improvement?


Day 1
- Vikrant Badve (UNFCCC): Overview of the Paris Outcome
- Inga Zachow (GIZ): NAMAs and INDCs: what are the linkages?

Day 2
- Harun Warui (UNDP): Overcoming Challenges in Preparation and Implementation of NAMAs
- Annelie Janz, Sven Egbers (GIZ): NAMAs as NDC Implementation tool

Working Group Energy
Stefan Wehner (the greenwerk)Introduction

Working Group AFOLU
Martial Bernoux (FAO)Introduction
FAO NAMA Tool in the AFOLU Sector

All additional supporting materials are provided in the links section.

In preparation for the workshop, participants could go through the online "NAMA E-learning" course and the NAMA Tool developed by the International Partnership on Mitigation & MRV. The course is free of cost and can be accessed here


Click through the gallery to view pictures from the workshop; © GIZ & Ilka Stein