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Q&A: Rachel Cleetus on national mitigation actions

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) are proposals for local projects that developing countries put forward in the context of sustainable development. They are an important measure to protect vulnerable countries from the impacts of climate change, but they won’t be realised without adequate funding.
In 2009, industrialised nations promised to provide developing countries with US$100 billion a year by 2020 to support adaptation and mitigation actions. In this podcast, Rachel Cleetus, senior climate economist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, explains that, although the proposals are on the table, rich countries are still not playing their part.