Andrea Meza Murillo, Director of the Costa Rican Ministry for Environment and Energy’s Climate Change Department (DCC) presented the NAMA Café de Costa Rica at the side event “NAMAs as Building Blocks to drive NDC Implementation – Reflections from the NAMA Facility” at the COP22 in Marrakech.
Ms. Meza described the reasons for developing a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) in the coffee sector, focusing on the challenges for a country as small as Costa Rica. She highlighted the good collaboration between the public and private sector in the course of this NAMA, where the Ministries for Environment and Energy (MINAE) and Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) work side by side with the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) to improve productivity in the coffee sector and at the same time reducing emissions and inefficiency.
The Coffee NAMA aims to incorporate low-emission technologies in the entire coffee value chain, for example training coffee producers in the correct use of fertilizers and supporting coffee mills to invest in energy-efficient technologies for coffee processing. To achieve this, financial mechanisms are created that support producers and mills alike to be able to make necessary investments. Lastly, an important goal is to offer access to differentiated markets that value high-quality coffee and offer stable prices.
The presentation was part of the program for the 8 th November 2016, where the side event “NAMAs as Building Blocks to drive NDC Implementation” facilitated by the NAMA Facility focused on demonstrating how Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) can be can be structured to deliver Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) commitments. Lessons learnt from the early experiences of the NAMA Facilityʼs focus on catalyzing transformational change towards sustainable low-emissions development were showcased in a number of developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, among them Costa Rica.
The NAMA Facility was established by Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the British Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with the objective of providing financial support for implementing national climate strategies and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) via NAMAs in relevant sectors.