NAMAs and REDD+ Featured
This study throws light on some important aspects on the relation of NAMAs and REDD+ and possible implications for developing countries of integrating them into a coherent national strategy towards climate change mitigation. The documents is based on case studies from the countries Indonesia, Laoos, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. The present study begins with an overview of recent United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC decisions and literature on NAMAs and REDD+. The findings from the literature review are presented in an overview table comparing the main areas of overlap and divergence among REDD+ and NAMA approaches. Findings from desk research and summaries of in-depth country case studies conducted by in-country consultants are used to analyze their REDD+ and NAMA strategies and readiness planning, institutions, policies, actions, measurement, reporting and verification (MRV), and baseline development, as well as any relations between the two initiatives. Having highlighted main issues at a global level and as applied in each of the target countries, a deeper comparative examination of the country case studies is performed, extracting concise lessons on associations between REDD+ and NAMAs and implications for their various harmonization options. The global and country lessons further drive questions and recommendations used in advising partner country governments. Following this, a strength, weakness, opportunity and threat (SWOT) analysis examines the strategic benefits and drawbacks of an integrated REDD+/NAMA approach. Finally, taking the status of REDD+ and NAMA development into account for each country, recommendations are put forward based on the potential scenarios for integration.