How is South Africa approaching Mitigation Actions?

The concept of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA’s) emerged out of the Bali Action Plan in 2007. The definition, format and function of a NAMA has yet to be finalised; however developing countries have been actively identifying and proposing areas of mitigation, which could be framed as a NAMA. In order to gain deeper insight into the national appropriateness of mitigation actions in developing countries, bottom up country case studies have been undertaken in South Africa, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Chile as part of the MAPS programme.

The ERC undertook a country case study of South African Mitigation Actions (SAMA’s) exploring how South Africa is approaching mitigation actions. The full case study is available at:

All 5 country studies will officially be launched at COP17 on Thursday 1st December 2011.

date: Thursday, 1 December
time: 113h30 to 15h30 (a finger lunch will be served from 13h00)
venue: Oasis, 44 KE Masinga Road, Durban (10 minutes walk from the conference centre).

Summary of event: Presenting actions to mitigate climate change in five developing countries: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South Africa. In this session, researchers present their country’s approach to mitigation within a planning, policy and regulatory context. Based on the MAPS experiences, this event aims to come to a clearer understanding of how developing countries can design mitigation actions that contribute to poverty alleviation.