Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) Development for the Building Sector in Asia
Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) offer a means of overcoming identified barriers, and can be realized through a process of active engagement and support for governments, local authorities, the private sector and other critical stakeholders. UN Environment assisted Indonesia, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam in identifying building sector actions that can be developed into sectoral NAMAs. A series of common and country-specific workshops and training sessions with stakeholders (including relevant ministries, local authorities, representatives from the construction sector, NGOs and developers) raised awareness in the region of the linkage between building performance and climate change and the potential for mitigation through action in the building sector. Recommendations for mitigation actions identified through country engagement were developed through consultative sessions for inclusion in potential NAMAs, and guidance was provided on a framework for implementation which supported alignment with national climate strategies. Scenarios for NAMAs included technology, finance and institutional arrangements, as well as capacity building needs for each country.
The NAMA development for the Building Sector in Asia project ensured a gender-balance among participants and keynote speakers in its workshops. Gender has also been mainstreamed in its recently published NAMA Guidance Document. As the project moved from the assessment phase to the development phase, recommendations included gender-sensitive considerations of NAMAs' impact.