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FAO and the Argentina UN-REDD National Programme supported the second Working Meeting of the Latin American Network of National Greenhouse Gases Inventories (NGHGI)1) in Buenos Aires in early July. Technical specialists from a dozen countries discussed their work in preparing their NGHGI with the ultimate objective of periodically present their Biennial Update Reports (BUR) and National Communications (NC) to UNFCCC. Exchange of experiences and knowledge on Quality Assurance and Quality Control procedures, management of information and reporting of NGHGI were discussed.

The Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector presents several challenges for the collection and analysis of greenhouse gas  data, and for the Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of emissions and removals — elements that are critical for analyzing mitigation potential and for adopting appropriate policies and measures.

Through the meeting, the countries reinforced and confirmed their commitment in advancing together through south-south cooperation towards enhancing national capacities and towards submission of high quality BUR and NC. In this framework participants also identified FAO as a “key institution” to provide technical support and enhancing national capacities to report on climate change in the coming years on AFOLU sector.

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(Photo taken by the Latin American Network on GHG Inventory)

 

During the event, Rocío Cóndor and Angel Parra, MRV experts, outlined FAO's experience in generating, communicating and disseminating knowledge and tools to support countries on their NGHGI reporting process to the UNFCCC2). The Spanish version of the online course: The national inventory of greenhouse gases for agriculturewas launched. (See links below). This course will support countries in moving ahead with their NGHGIs and implementing the 2006 IPCC Guidelines.

“In our experience the online course for the agriculture sector helped us developing our capacities to construct a NGHGI; I would like  to encourage other countries to use it”, said Rene Lopez, BUR and TNC coordinator.

Participating countries in this network include: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay

The event was jointly organized by Argentina’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Chile, the Argentina UN-REDD National Programme and the Global Support Programme, which is jointly implemented by UNDP and UNEP.

 

Further information and presentations are available on the Global Support Programme’s site (link here)

To access the online course The national inventory of greenhouse gases for Agriculture use these FAO links:

Spanish: http://www.fao.org/elearning/#/elc/es/course/NGHGI 

English: http://www.fao.org/elearning/#/elc/en/course/NGHGI

Presentation Generate, communicate and disseminate knowledge and tools to support the INGEI reporting process: FAO experience (Generar, comunicar y difundir conocimientos y herramientas para apoyar el proceso de reporte de los INGEI: la experiencia de la FAO) (link)


1) http://www.un-gsp.org/event/second-meeting-latin-american-network-ghg-inventory

2) More information on FAO’s work to enhance capacities to report on climate change : http://www.fao.org/3/a-i7210e.pdf (eng); http://www.fao.org/3/a-i7210s.pdf (Spanish)

                 

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