Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) are a concept under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that allows India and other developing countries to harness technical and financial support as well as capacity building for greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation while providing sustainable development benefits. Given that a NAMA is voluntary, its key driver is the harnessing of benefits for the country’s national development.
NAMAs can also support the development of the Indian Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to greenhouse gas mitigation in the context of the Paris Agreement, as they allow a bottom-up assessment of baseline emissions and mitigation potential.
The "Feasibility Study for a Waste NAMA in India" assesses the feasibility of a NAMA in the Indian waste management sector. It identifies and ranks policy as well as technological interventions according to their suitability to create GHG emission reduction as well as sustainable development benefits. It also considers the costs of the possible interventions. The feasibility study builds on a participatory approach, with close to 50 stakeholders from all relevant groups - central, state and municipal governments, private sector entities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and research institutions - being consulted. This Feasibility Study is the stepping stone for the next phase of the programme: the actual development of a Municipal Solid Waste NAMA in India.