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Third Asia Regional MAIN Dialogue

Last week CCAP hosted its third Asia regional dialogue of the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN). MAIN is helping catalyze climate change mitigation policies known as nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) that will significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in various sectors, as well as contribute to sustainable development in developing countries. This most recent dialogue was hosted by the Philippines Climate Change Commission in Manila, Philippines, from October 22 to 24, and convened representatives of MAIN-Asia developing countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam), contributing countries, financial institutions and other stakeholder groups.

Opened by Philippines Climate Change Secretary Lucille Sering and featuring presentations by European Commission Deputy Director General Gert-Jan Koopman, the meeting built on past MAIN-Asia regional dialogues in Thailand and Vietnam, as well as CCAP’s May 2013 Global NAMA Financing Summit held in Copenhagen, Denmark. The three-day dialogue improved developing-country policymakers’ capacity to design ambitious NAMAs that will transform sectors and attract international climate finance and private investment. Teams received advice through expert presentations and roundtable discussions on cross-cutting themes like NAMA finance and monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV), as well as through smaller “breakout” sessions that dug deeper into the renewable energy, energy efficie