The production of coffee is an integral part of the history and identity of Costa Rica. It also contributes 9% of the national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To reach the Costa Rican goal of carbon neutrality in 2021, and contribute to international climate protection efforts, the country has established a number of NAMAs (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions). NAMAs are tools that support countries in tackling climate change and finding their own path toward low carbon development.
The NAMA Café is the first agricultural NAMA in the world that is ready for implementation and is an innovative collaboration effort between the public, private, financial and academic sectors. It aims to reduce GHG emissions and improve resource use efficiency at the level of both coffee plantations and coffee mills. These actions will create the first low-emission coffee worldwide and give Costa Rican coffee producers access to new markets. In 10 years, the nation-wide project aims to reach 93.000 hectares of coffee production with a total investment of US$ 30 million. The NAMA Support Project, financed by the NAMA Facility, will accompany the implementation of the Costa Rican NAMA Café with technical and financial assistance. In this aim, it joins a number of other international actors and initiatives such as the project “Sustainable Coffee Production Costa Rica” financed by the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank.