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AfDB Assists African Countries with NAMAs

28 September 2011: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced results from a side event and one-day training it held during the African Carbon Forum, to assist 24 regional member countries to understand and better prepare Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). The training focused on capacity building to design and implement NAMAs to take advantage of the Green Climate Fund, when it becomes effective.

The African Carbon Forum took place from 4-7 July 2011, in Marrakesh, Morocco. As of that date, only 20 African countries had submitted NAMAs to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Since the training, 11 additional countries have submitted NAMAs, with the AfDB supporting a further 13 countries for developing frameworks at the national level as well as key strategies for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is envisaged that the work will be completed before the Durban Climate Change Conference in late 2011.

According to the AfDB, it will continue supporting the development and implementation of NAMAs in the region, with additional capacity building initiatives as well as case studies that analyze challenges and opportunities for strengthening NAMAs' implementation. Sectors identified as key by the AfDB include energy, transport, agriculture, forestry and waste management. The results of the case studies will be disseminated widely to continue dialogue and information exchange. [AfDB Press Release]