The national workshop on 'Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action Design
The national workshop on “Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action Design and Preparation Consultation on Selecting Priority NAMAs for Lebanon” was held on May 22, 2013 in Beirut, Lebanon, by the Lebanese Ministry of Environment and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as part of the Low-Emission Capacity Building Project, supported by the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV and KPMG. The workshop presentations entailed a step-by-step NAMA tool, the UNFCCC Registry and a Case study on NAMA development.
The national partner institutions, including the Ministry of Energy and Water, academia and other UNDP projects, presented 13 NAMA ideas. The discussions focused on the proposed selection criteria to be used for NAMA selection and prioritization. With inputs from the stakeholders, “guidance criteria” to assist in the pre-qualification of the NAMA-ideas were developed. The proposed selection criteria were also amended, with the addition of two new criteria, while adjustments made to the weights for the prioritization and ranking of the NAMAs were suggested. In order to facilitate the prioritization process during the consultation, fact sheets were developed for 13 NAMAs in different sectors (i.e. energy, transport agriculture, etc).
The fact sheets intended to provide the basic data for stakeholders to prioritize the proposed NAMA ideas. Some of the lessons learned from the meeting include: 1) NAMA ideas require comparable level of details to better inform the prioritization exercise and to ensure a fair comparison process to assign priorities; 2) Ownership of the proposed NAMAs starts from the very initial stages of idea formulation; 3) Institutional support is essential to bring NAMA from initial concepts to a solid proposal and should thus be included as a key prioritization criteria.