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This NAMA Guide is designed to build on countries’ relevant work in developing mitigation actions, for instance through their National Communications, as well as on the early experiences of some developing countries in NAMA formulation. It also builds on UNDP’s work supporting countries in the design of low-emission, climate-resilient development strategies and on related experiences of the UNEP-Risø Centre and the UNFCCC Secretariat.

This guidebook attempts to emphasize the iterative nature of NAMA development. This is a process that encompasses learning from past experience, involves a wide range of stakeholders at the national level, capitalizes on lessons learned, adapts or establishes policy frameworks, and includes the necessary means for establishing the institutional, financial and monitoring components that go into solid NAMAs.

Because NAMA is an emerging concept – the definition of which will most likely remain broad due to its very nature as a “nationally appropriate” tool – the aim of this guide is to take stock of what has been decided thus far and to provide insights on what will continue to be perceived as “good practices.”

It is important to note that NAMAs are already being developed and NAMA frontrunners are establishing an experience base, which has informed this guidebook.

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Low Carbon Development
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