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23 – 27 April 2017

Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), Dhaka

A pool of academics and government technical officers in Bangladesh is now equipped with skills to provide training on Greenhouse Gas Inventories (GHGi) thanks to a recent training-of-trainers event.

Thirteen participants (two women and eleven men) met for an intensive five-day training-of trainers ToT) event on GHGi for the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector at the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics in Dhaka.

The workshop was held from 23 to 27 April 2017, and was financed by the Bangladesh UN-REDD National Programme with technical support from FAO and the Bangladesh Forest Department.   

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Mariam Akhter, Forestry Officer, FAO. (Photo by Falgoonee Kumar Mondal)

Participants came from Bangladesh universities IFESCU (Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences of the University of Chittagong), Khulna, SUST (Shahjalal University of Science and Technology), BSMRAU (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University), and from the Forest Department and Department of Environment. The academic participants plan to use the ToT to develop GHGi materials for undergraduate and graduate students. The course included several presentations, group discussions and hands-on activities to calculate emissions and removals of CO2 and non-CO2 gases that derive from human activities associated with the AFOLU sector.  It is composed of eight training modules which can be adapted to meet the needs and skill levels of a range of potential trainees, and all materials were provided to the course participants, for further use in universities and in government departments.

The ToT also identified challenges regarding the availability of reliable data, which hinders the quality of the national GHG inventory. Participants obtained further insights into the importance of accessible and robust country-specific emission factors. Mr. Nazmus Sadath, Professor from Khulna University highlighted the need for conducting future research to fill the gaps in the available data and increase the quality and robustness of the national GHG inventory.  Follow up actions were identified, including development of a course on GHG inventory for the AFOLU sector in the national university curricula.

The Government of Bangladesh began the National UN-REDD Programme in 2015, and the official launch was held on 3 August 2016. This new pool of GHGi expertise is one of many milestones in the programme. Ongoing work on the implementation of the National Forest Inventory will increase knowledge related to forest resources and produce new high-quality country-specific data on forestry and land use change, and the Forest Reference Level (FRL) is being constructed for submission to the UNFCCC using information from the Bangladesh National Forest Monitoring System.

 

Bangladesh’s NDC (2015)

Bangladesh’s NDC identifies afforestation and reforestation as potential measures in the forestry sector. The NDC objectives relating to improved cooking stoves will further reduce pressure on fuelwood extraction from forested areas. The Seventh National Five Year Plan (2016-20) sets clear targets for afforestation/ reforestation and plantation programmes. The draft Forestry Master Plan sets out a target to ensure that at least 20 per cent of the country has tree cover by 2035, with a minimum canopy density of 50 per cent. All these national priorities and decisions will be factored into discussions on potential policies and measures for the REDD+ strategy in 2017. 

In the INDC, emissions from the LULUCF (land use change and forestry) were not modelled due to difficulties in obtaining the necessary data.

 

(Text by Luca Birigazzi, National Forest Inventory and Greenhouse Gas Inventory expert, FAO).

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