11 December 2014 – People’s Summit event
On December 11, as part of the People’s Summit in Lima, Peru, Carbon Market Watch organized an event about Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). At the occasion of this event, experts from Carbon Market Watch, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), the Greens Movement of Georgia and Friends of the Earth Georgia discussed this new policy instrument and the role of civil society in its design and implementation.
Opening remarks were given by Weni Bagama, a member of the Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous community in Panama and environmental activist who chaired this two hour event.
The presentation given by Urska Trunk from Carbon Market Watch provided a broad overview of NAMAs, introducing the concept, chances for contribution to sustainable development and highlighting important lessons that need to be learnt from the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for successfully implementing this new policy instrument.
Katevan Kiria from Friends of the Earth Georgia who is also representing the Greens Movement of Georgia, shared experiences of designing NAMAs projects. She introduced several projects that currently are in the pilot phase and highlighted as important element for successful implementation the role of gender equality.
Speaking on behalf of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Mariel Vilella Casaus presented challenges and opportunities for NAMAs in the waste sector, underlining the current lack of environmental criteria and internationally agreed procedures as major shortcomings.
The presentations were followed by a lively discussion and numerous questions from the audience, reflecting the interest in this event and NAMAs as a new policy instrument.