Researcher Peter Läderach discusses an initiative that’s helping Costa Rica reduce emissions in agriculture, meeting its ambitious targets.
Why did you select Costa Rica as your target research area?
What’s the current status of agricultural NAMAs in Costa Rica?
The coffee NAMA is by far the most advanced out of the two plans. There is currently about 10 million USD set-aside from various actors to implement the coffee NAMA. International partners involved include the Multilateral Investment Fund (FOMIN) and the German development enterprise GIZ, and many others.
Our primary role has been to provide the science-basis into the process. We’ve already developed a pool of relevant resources for stakeholders, including climate impact modeling, carbon-friendly coffee growth systems, and climate change impacts and adaptation measures for the coffee plant. It looks like the coffee NAMA will be the first implemented agriculture NAMA when it is rolled out in 2015-2016.
Costa Rica's coffee NAMA is by far the most progressed one out of the country's various mitigation activities, and might be the first rolled out agriculture mitigation plan in the world. Photo: I. Zahorsky
And the livestock mitigation plan?
The national livestock mitigation plan is at a start-up level compared to the coffee NAMA, but the team of stakeholders has already been established. We are working with the Costa Rican government, farmers, the private sector, and local and international organizations to develop this NAMA. Getting a livestock NAMA in place is key as the sector accounts for almost 30 percent of national emissions.
We’re providing the latest science, and using it to develop policies that provide both climate and livelihood benefits. In parallel we are working to fast-track the plan through funding a pilot study, rolled out through the new, CCAFS-funded LivestockPlus project in Latin America, and gathering a roundtable of livestock stakeholders to discuss opportunities and challenges around this type of work.
Is providing relevant science the main goal of your project?
What are you hoping to achieve?
What are the constraints and opportunities with this type of work?
In the end, what is really great is that Costa Rica is really driving its own NAMA process and leading the way in the region. Usually donors present ideas and governments decide, but here it is the other way around. Together we’ll ensure that these lessons and knowledge are spread to other countries and regions.
Get in touch with Peter Läderach, (email@example.com) if you want to learn more.
Join CCAFS at the climate conference in Bonn, Germany: side-event on 5 June: Science-policy-livelihood progress through livestock-related NAMAs in Costa Rica, Kenya and Mongolia.