"Development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in South Caucasus countries"
October 31, 2013

On October 24-25, 2013, a Regional Workshop took place in the context of the project: „Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) in South Caucasus countries” in Tbilisi, Georgia. The meeting was carried out in the framework of the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV, organized by REC Caucasus (REC C) in cooperation with GIZ and funded by the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMU). It constitutes the third element of a capacity-building series on NAMA development in the region, following a first regional kick-off meeting in July 2013 and three national NAMA Trainings in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

The workshop was attended by the high level representatives of responsible ministries (Ministries of Environment, Energy, Economy, Finance andAgriculture) from the three South Caucasus countries, such as international organizations,  donorsand other concerned. The meeting was opened by Mr. Shalva Amirejibi, Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, Ms. Katharina Derkorn - Head of Development Cooperation, German Embassy Tbilisi, Mr. Martin Homola,GIZ Country Director and Nune Harutyunyan, RECC Executive Director. Aprox. 30  decision makers, including UNFCCC focal points participated in the meeting.

Objectives of the workshop were:

- To share results of the regional capacity-building project and outcomes of the national NAMA Trainings in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

- To exchange the recent state of art of low-carbon planning and mitigation action in the three South Caucasus countries as a follow-up to the regional workshop in July 2013

- To identify common challenges and next steps within the process of NAMA prioritization and development in the three countries

During the meeting, the representatives of Ministries and UNFCCC focal points presented the state of the art of NAMA development in the three South Caucasus countries.The results achieved so far within the capacity building project were presented by REC Caucasus and future cooperation opportunities within the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV were discussed.

Along the two workshop days, participants worked with multi-criteria exercises on the prioritization of different NAMA ideas and initiatives,  exchanged their points of view and identified challenges along this process. The atmosphere of mutual understanding was highlighted by the participants, such as the increasing clarity and progress with regard to concrete next steps in the process of NAMA development and implementation in the three countries and an evolving common vision at the regional level. Needs and opportunities for further cooperation at national and regional level could be identified.

A summary report with a more detailed description of the whole capacity building series’ outcomes will be published in English and Russian languages by December 2013.

REC Caucasus and the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV acknowledge the significant contribution made by stakeholders of the three countries and will continue the activities to support the development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) in South Caucasus countries, promoting capacity building and the exchange of information at national and regional level.

More information, such as the agenda and workshop presentations can be downloaded at the website of the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV under the following link:
http://mitigationpartnership.net/regional-follow-meeting-%E2%80%9Edevelopment-nationally-appropriate-mitigation-actions-namas-south-caucasus

See also information and presentations of the first regional workshop:
http://mitigationpartnership.net/regional-workshop-%E2%80%9Cdevelopment-nationally-appropriate-mitigation-actions-namas-south-caucasus-coun-0

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Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats/Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Hans-Juergen Beerfeltz, Staatssekretaer/State Secretary;

Vorstand/Management Board: Tanja Goenner (Vorstandssprecherin/Chair of the Management Board), Dr. Christoph Beier (Stellv. Vorstandssprecher/Vice-Chair of the Management Board), Dr. Hans-Joachim Preuss, Cornelia Richter