Philippines: Regional Workshop “Transforming Building and Transport Sectors through NAMAs”

IMG_0348 (3)[1]Following the regional workshops on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMAs) in Singapore in 2013 and Vietnam in 2014, the TRANSfer project and the Transport and Climate Change project (TCC) of GIZ, jointly organized with UNEP the workshop on “Transforming Building and Transport Sectors through NAMAs” held in Manila, Philippines from 5th – 7th of May 2015. The Climate Change Commission of the Philippines hosted the event.

While in total there were 90, during the Transport Specific Sessions up to 40 participants from 7 different countries discussed on certain topics as well as on the five different NAMA concepts which have been presented by ASEAN countries.

The transport stream of the workshop examined how NAMAs can: (1) help sustainable transport policy development and implementation, (2) apply the concept of transformational change to t-NAMAs, and (3) enhance the knowledge on t-NAMAs worldwide, support mechanisms, and the Road to Paris COP 21. The workshop also highlighted the significance of NAMAs as an instrument for intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) and the call for action in formulating climate activities in a bottom-up approach.

Within the workshop discussion the challenges during the development and implementation of NAMA were mainly attributed to: Firstly, the data availability, which restricts an efficient MRV methodology during the NAMA implementation, and secondly, the challenge to harmonize and improve the funding mechanisms of NAMAs (national vs international). Potential approaches to tackle those challenges within the NAMA development and implementation were identified by the participants: Firstly, set up an efficient steering structure to improve coordination among stakeholders and mainstream NAMA approach. Secondly, prioritize programmatic approaches in order to achieve transformational change, and thirdly, strengthening the involvement of the private sector from the beginning.

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