Last week, a two-day training program was held on how to prepare greenhouse gas inventories, their sinks (their absorption) as well as opportunities to reduce emissions. Renowned experts from the Agricultural Institute, the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Food and the Faculty of Forestry shared their long-standing experiences with the 30 participants from various institutions.
This topic is of great importance, since the inventory of greenhouse gases that our country has been preparing for 20 years, is the basis for all analyzes related to climate change. That's why inventories need to be as accurate and as detailed as possible, and that requires qualitative data.
The first day of the training Prof. Dushko Mukaetov and Prof. Sreten Andonov presented the main sources, processes, methods of calculating the greenhouse gas emissions and sinks in the sectors of agriculture, livestock and land use (calculation of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production, crop production, pastures and other uses of land).
The second day, Prof. Ljupco Nestorovski showed how forests are recorded in the greenhouse gas inventories, while Prof. Sreten Andonov and Prof. Ordan Chukaliev focused more on measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the above-mentioned sectors, that were proposed in the Third Biennial Update Report on Climate Change.
This two-day training was crowned with a very interesting discussion by the participants, which in a significant part also addressed the identification of ways to facilitate the implementation of the proposed measures and to achieve a greater response in institutions.
A few conclusions from the training program and the discussion:
Preparation of more economic analyzes (the price of the measures and what are the benefits) and to present them to the policy makers after the elections;
Part of the measures to be included in the national program for rural development, in order to facilitate their implementation;
Authorities should identify opportunities to stimulate farmers to unite in cooperatives, as the most appropriate way to engage in larger markets, but also to improve the quality of their products by investing in protection from climate change. In addition, it is necessary to educate and inform the farmers about the benefits of the measures;
It is necessary to introduce an integrated, systemic solution for generating waste or its disposal among farmers, but also for other citizens.
You can follow the entire training program at the following links: