Regional Workshop on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions in Asia and the Pacific: Scaling-up climate change mitigation efforts and prospects for NAMAs in the waste sector

Date: 
18 Mar 2014 to 19 Mar 2014
Location: 
Bangkok, Thailand

As countries increasingly look at ways of tackling climate change mitigation while pursuing socio-economic development, NAMAs are emerging as important tools to support low-carbon development or green growth strategies. Moreover, with the collapse of global carbon markets, NAMAs appear as one of the most promising vehicles to channel climate financing to developing countries.

The disposal of waste in landfills and open dumps is one of the most important anthropogenic sources of methane, and a significant contributor to global climate change. These emissions can be reduced, and even avoided altogether, with the adoption of improved waste management practices and measures, particularly those that aim at waste reduction and resource recovery. In this context, NAMAs could be seen as “win-win” strategies, as they offer the opportunity to articulate sustainable approaches to solid waste management, while at the same time contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Set in this context, the workshop was organized with the aim of achieving the following objectives:

• Review the current status of development of NAMAs in the Asia-Pacific region, in particular in relation to the waste sector, and understand future prospects;
• Identify trends, challenges and relevant issues related to the development of NAMAs in the region, and in particular in the waste sector;
• Share experiences and discuss about policy, institutional, financial and technical issues associated with the development of these programmes.

The workshop was attended by more than 60 participants, which included experts from countries in the Asia-Pacific region, representatives from international organizations, financing institutions and other potential financiers of NAMA programmes, as well as representatives from research institutions, the private sector and the civil society.