Costa Rica – Low-Carbon Coffee NAMA

Coffee plant. Photo credit: GIZ Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s NAMA Support Project (NSP) "Low Carbon Coffee NAMA" involves a sector-specific approach focused on a climate-friendly transformation of the entire value chain of one of the most important economic sectors in the country.

"Low Carbon Coffee NAMA" offers technical and policy advice to change production and processing practices in the sector, which is the source of about two percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The project focuses on the efficient use of fertilisers, reduced water and energy consumption in coffee processing, support for agroforestry systems and strategy development to promote low-carbon coffee.

Financial mechanism: The project supports three financial products to boost low-carbon coffee production and processing. A credit line to commercial banks for preferential loans for low-emission investments in mills and GAPs at farms (each USD 10,000 – 1m), a subsidy for smaller technologies for farmers and millers (maximum USD 10,000 per investment) and a grant for a results-based payment scheme for the planting of shade trees. The subsidy mechanism has resulted in leveraging EUR 3.6m due to lenders’ contributions by the end of 2021. Investments and in-kind contributions by ICAFE, MINAE, BCIE and HIVOS of EUR 2.7m were leveraged by the end of 2021. Furthermore, the project supports feasibility studies and offers trainings to financial institutions.

Mitigation potential: The project achieves mitigation by an efficient use of fertilisers, improved water management and wastewater treatment, an aerobic treatment and energetic use of pulp, improved ovens and boilers and increased use of solar drying and carbon fixation due to the planting of shade trees.

The five-year program was prolonged to a total program lifetime of seven years to extend the subsidy scheme for smaller technologies and the results-based payment scheme for the planting of shade trees.

Partner MinistriesMinistry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG); Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE)
NAMA Support OrganisationDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Implementing PartnersMinistry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG); Coffee Institute (ICAFE); Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE); Fundación Banco Ambiental (FUNBAM); Central American Bank of Economic Integration (BCIE)
Funding Volume ProvidedEUR 7 million
Project Duration2015-2022
Call1st Call

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