Climate Focus and Carbon Africa are providing support to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Regional Collaboration Centre (RCC) in Kampala and the East African Development Bank (EADB) to assess the status of and advise governments on the inclusion of CDM and market mechanisms in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs – intended climate actions under a post-2020 international climate agreement).

Specific interventions carried out under the assignment included country visits to Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe; a one-day training in Entebbe for representatives from Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan; and assistance to the Government of Uganda.

So far, twelve out of seventeen countries from Eastern and Southern Africa have made a reference to the Clean Development Mechanism and/or market mechanisms in their INDC's. This clearly shows that most countries in the region continue considering CDM and market mechanisms as a relevant and important tool to finance climate mitigation activities. For more information see our Briefing Note: English, Portuguese.

On 30 October, the UNFCCC submitted a Synthesis Report on the aggregate effect of the intended nationally determined contributions of 146 countries. The INDC's will form the basis for the negotiations at COP21 in Paris.