The Mitigation Action Assessment Protocol (MAAP) is proposed as a key tool for evaluating the risks and performance of climate actions and policies. MAAP has four modules that focus on project or program-level assessments, specifically in relation to mitigation action design, capacity of the management entity, financial sustainability of the mitigation activity, and development benefits.
Unlike commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted by countries under the Paris Agreement reflect the considerable discretion left to national governments on the form, scope, and timing of their mitigation contributions. While this enables broad participation, the diversity of approaches reduces transparency between climate actions and increases the complexity of market integration. A standardized framework is needed to assess different climate actions, build transparency and trust in decentralized climate markets, and drive market demand towards transacting high-quality climate assets.
MAAP takes a scale-based approach to provide a more nuanced assessment of the relative strengths and weaknesses of climate actions and policies. The modules are composed of a series of key indicators, each reflecting best practices.
Each indicator includes a checklist of activities, and the scores assigned to each indicator depend on the extent to which these activities have been achieved. Each module is independent from the others, enabling users to add or remove modules based on their own interests and needs. MAAP is an online interface, allowing for broader use and recompilation of data.
Infographic: MAAP Modules & Key Indicators:
Anyone interested in evaluating the risks and performance of climate actions and policies can use MAAP. For instance, project developers can use the tool to understand ways to improve their project design, potential buyers can conduct an assessment to identify potential risks of interested mitigation projects, and countries can use it for evaluating their own or other countries’ readiness for participating in international markets.
The World Bank’s Networked Carbon Markets (NCM) initiative started the development of the MAAP in 2015 with the support of more than 40 partners, including governments, multilateral development banks, the private sector, and civil society groups.
MAAP Online Interface
The World Bank decided to launch an online interface for the MAAP in order to:
Provide a user-friendly platform to record data and scores, and share attachments as evidence
Expand users’ access to datasets generated by the MAAP
Provide visualization tools for comparison and benchmarking
Provide E-learning modules and interactive guidelines
Manage a centralized and secure platform to quickly and reliably run search queries
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