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The Africa Regional Workshop on the Building of Sustainable National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management Systems, and the Use of 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories will take place from 24-28 April 2017 in Swakopmund, Namibia.

Participants will be provided with tools to establish and strengthen their institutional arrangements to support reporting of national greenhouse gas inventories, and training on the use of 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, including the IPCC inventory software.

The CGE updated e-learning courses on the preparation of national communication are now available. These free courses will provide participants with the necessary tools to conduct and prepare a national GHG inventory, vulnerability and adaptation assessment, and mitigation assessment.
Participants will receive a certificate of upon completion of the course.
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At COP 13, through the Bali Action Plan, Parties agreed on the principle of applying measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) for developing country Parties, which laid the foundation for the subsequent elaboration of the existing comprehensive MRV framework for developing country Parties. MRV occurs at the international level, but can also be voluntary at the national level.

Measurement (M) for non-Annex I Parties applies both to efforts to address climate change and to the impacts of these efforts. It occurs at the national level and refers to GHG emissions, mitigation actions and their effects, and the support needed and received;

Reporting (R) for non-Annex I Parties is implemented through the national communications and BURs, where Parties report on their actions to address climate change in their national communications;

Verification (V) is addressed at the international level, through the ICA of BURs; It can also occur at the national level, but is voluntary.

The secretariat released new handbook on measurement, reporting, and verification for developing countries.
To access the handbook, click pdf-icon here (3359 kB)

Reporting for developing countries is implemented through national communications (NCs) and biennial update reports (BURs). Developing country Parties are required to submit their first NC within three years of entering the Convention, and every four years thereafter.

The first BUR should be, consistent with the Party's capabilities or level of support provided, submitted by December 2014, and every two years thereafter. Least developed country Parties and small island developing States may submit BURs at their own discretion.

Verification of reports is addressed at the international level through the process of international consultation and analysis of BURs. This is to increase the transparency of mitigation actions and their effects as well as support needed and received.

Information contained in initial NCs submitted by non-Annex I Parties up to April 1, 2005 is compiled and synthesized into one comprehensive document. The most recent is the sixth Compilation and Synthesis report.

Financial and technical assistance are essential to helping developing countries prepare their NCs and BURS.

Some of the key actors involved in assisting developing countries with their national reports include the secretariat, the Global Environment Fund (GEF), Global Climate Fund (GCF), Global Support Programme for national communications and biennial update reports (UNEP/UNDP), the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE), and Annex I Parties.

The secretariat, the IPCC, the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE), and related external sources provide tools and materials to facilitate measuring, reporting, and verification in developing countries in accordance with the guidelines to the Convention.

Contact and Feedback

For submission of national reports from non-Annex I Parties, please e-mail the secretariat: The details on the submission process will be communicated through this email.

Recent BUR submissions

7 May 2016: Morocco

29 April 2016: Armenia

18 April 2016: Israel

5 April 2016: Republic of Moldova

28 March 2016: Serbia

18 March 2016: Indonesia

14 March 2016: Mauritania

3 March 2016: Malaysia

22 January 2016: India

13 January 2016: Montenegro

30 December 2015: Paraguay

29 December 2015: Thailand


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