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Training courses for reviews under the Kyoto Protocol

The courses of the training programme are intended to train members of expert review teams (ERTs) for the review of information submitted under Article 7 of the Kyoto Protocol and designed to specifically address the requirements for annual reviews in accordance with the guidelines under Article 8 of the Kyoto Protocol for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. The training programme consists of the following five courses:

A.  National Systems (mandatory for new review experts and new lead reviewers)
This course covers guidelines for review of national systems under Article 5, paragraph 1, of the Kyoto Protocol and related parts of guidelines under Articles 7 and 8 of the Kyoto Protocol

B.  Application of adjustments (mandatory for new review experts and new lead reviewers)
This course covers decisions by the CMP and technical guidance on methodologies for adjustments under Article 5, paragraph 2, of the Kyoto Protocol and related parts of guidelines under Articles 7 and 8 of the Kyoto Protocol

C.  Modalities for the accounting of assigned amounts under Article 7.4 (mandatory for new review experts)
This course provides guidance for members of ERTs reviewing information provided in the initial report, for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, the calculation of the assigned amount pursuant to Article 3, paragraphs 7 bis, 7 ter, 8 and 8 bis of the Kyoto Protocol, the commitment period reserve, and the national registries for conformity with the modalities for the accounting of assigned amounts under Article 7, paragraph 4.

D.  Review of national registries and information on assigned amounts (mandatory for new lead reviewers, new generalists and new experts reviewing national registries and information on assigned amounts)
This course provides guidance for members of ERTs reviewing annual information on assigned amounts pursuant to Article 3, paragraphs 7 bis, 7 ter, 8 and 8 bis of the Kyoto Protocol, information on Kyoto Protocol units and the standard electronic format, for conformity with Article 7, paragraph 4, of the Kyoto Protocol. In addition, the course provides guidance on the review of national registries, including of changes in the national registries reported by the Parties in accordance with decision 15/CMP.1, 1/CMP.8 and 4/CMP.11 and conformity with the technical standards for data exchange between registry systems.

E.  Review of activities under Article 3, paragraphs 3 and 4, of the Kyoto Protocol (mandatory for  all LULUCF experts and new lead reviewers)
This course provides guidance for members of ERTs reviewing information provided during the second commitment period for land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) activities under Article 3, paragraphs 3 and 4, of the Kyoto Protocol for conformity with the requirements of decisions 2/CMP.7, 2/CMP.8 and 6/CMP.9, including procedures for adjustments under Article 5, paragraph 2, of the Kyoto Protocol.

These courses as part of the training programme were mandated by decision 5/CMP.11 adopted in December 2014. They are essential for all experts participating in ERTs for annual reviews under the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. In many cases the courses are mandatory depending on the role of the experts in the ERTs. These courses have been offered online since July 2016. During the on-line study period, experts are expected to dedicate time to follow and complete the courses. Experts are able to study the e-learning courses at their own pace and to interact with course instructors on-line. Instructors are available to support experts studying certain courses and to answer questions on the contents of these courses.

For trainees with limited access to the internet, the secretariat can provide the e-learning courses in a simplified electronic format. The working language for the training is English.

Following completion of the on-line course, trainees are required to pass mandatory course examinations. Trainees who successfully pass the course examinations will qualify to be invited to participate in an annual review in the future.

In addition, the courses are available to all members of ERTs and interested Parties throughout the year without instructor support. For additional information, please contact the secretariat at MDA-training@unfccc.int