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NAMA Café de Costa Rica. Implementing organizations

This group of institutions forms the basis for the NAMA Café. Its structure consists of a political committee, a technical committee, an executing “Mesa NAMA Café” (NAMA Coffee Roundtable) and a project managing unit as a technical secretariat. They are supported by national and international consultants like the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) and the National University of Costa Rica (UNA). International cooperation projects, such as the project “Development of a NAMA for the Coffee Sector” financed by the IADB-MIF, and the NAMA Support Project “Low-Carbon Coffee Costa Rica”, financed by the NAMA Facility and implemented by the GIZ, support the implementation of the NAMA Café Costa Rica.

The “Mesa NAMA-Café” (Cooperation Committee of the Low-Carbon Coffee NAMA Costa Rica) was established in 2012, within the institutional framework of MAG and coordinated by Fundecooperación. The “Mesa NAMA-Café” is a roundtable with the aim of developing the NAMA Café and strengthening the commitment, collaboration and coordination among organizations and institutions involved in the NAMA’s implementation as a multiple stakeholder approach. The steering structure of the NAMA Support Project (NSP) builds on this existing cooperation structure.


Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG)

The MAG is the ministry responsible for promoting the competitiveness and development of agricultural activities and the rural environment in Costa Rica, therefore also for the coffee sector. The MAG provides participatory agricultural extension services, such as strategic alliances with other institutions, advisory programs, technical support for agricultural production, organizational structures, and capacity building on conservation agriculture; all based on environmental sustainability and the producers’ capacities and resources. The MAG has its own group of experts which focuses specifically on the coffee sector and supports some applied research with the INTA (Instituto Nacional de Innovación y Transferencia de Tecnología Agropecuaria). 

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Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) through its Department of Climate Change (DCC - Dirección de Cambio Climático)

The MINAE and DCC are the focal point for the definition of climate change policies, such as the National Climate Change Strategy (ENCC). MINAE is also responsible for coordinating the implementation of climate strategies, special programs, and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs).

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National Coffee Institute (ICAFE)

A key institution in the coffee sector is the Coffee Institute of Costa Rica (ICAFE), established in 1933. It is a non-state, public entity that promotes national coffee production and has an agreement with the MAG to support the development and implementation of the NAMA Café. The ICAFE, according to the Law No. 2761 of 21st of June, 1961 on the “Regulation of relations between coffee producers, mills and coffee exporters” is an institution which supports the Costa Rican coffee producers through research, marketing, market and production diversification and sustainable development of the national coffee industry. It has offices in the major coffee growing regions dedicated to give technical assistance and technology transfer to coffee producers.

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Central American Bank of Economic Integration (CABEI)

The CABEI’s objective is to promote the economic integration and the balanced economic and social development of the Central American region. It is a strategic ally of its member countries in the provision of financial solutions that contribute to the creation of employment and improvement of the wellbeing and quality of life of its citizens.

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Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

The IDB, leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, provides loans, grants, and technical assistance, as well as conducts extensive research. The Bank´s current focus areas include social inclusion and inequality, productivity and innovation, and economic integration, as well as gender equality and diversity, climate change and environmental sustainability; and institutional capacity and the rule of law.

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NAMA Facility

The NAMA Facility has been jointly established by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) of the United Kingdom in 2012.  The NAMA Facility supports tailor-made climate finance by sponsoring the implementation of ambitious NAMAs, thus boosting change towards low-carbon development. With an initial fund of €70 million, NAMAs across all sector and continents have been selected for financial assistance, and due to the immense popularity, a second bidding round for new projects has started in 2014 - with additional €50 million of funds available. 

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

GIZ is a global service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ supports the German Government and public and private sector clients in around 130 countries in achieving their objectives in international cooperation. With this aim, GIZ works to develop effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.

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Fundecooperación para el Desarrollo Sostenible

Fundecooperación is a Costa Rican non-profit organization. Its board of directors consists of five key sectors: the government (national and local), civil society, private sector and academic organizations. Fundecooperación promotes sustainable development by supporting a sustainable agriculture resilient to climate change, gender equality, sustainable energy and energy efficiency, among others. Furthermore, it has a credit program called "Taylor-made Credit" which finances green initiatives (US$ 6 million portfolio). This also benefits the coffee sector by boosting agro-ecological and sustainable measures in different plantations, also aiming at improving the local economy through value chain approaches. 

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International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

The CIAT is part of a consortium of 15 institutions and head of the global program “Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security” (CCAFS). It aims to reduce hunger and poverty, and improve human nutrition in the tropics through research aimed at increasing the eco-efficiency of agriculture. CIAT’s staff includes about 200 scientists. Supported by a wide array of donors, the Center collaborates with hundreds of partners to conduct high-quality research and translate the results into development impact. A Board of Trustees provides oversight of CIAT’s research and financial management.

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