Asia Pacific Islands and Balkans Workshop on National Climate Change Reports

Project Management and Regional MRV Network Development: 9th-12th April 2019 Bangkok, Thailand

During 9th-12th April 2019, participants from developing countries from Asia, Pacific Islands and Balkans, gathered in Bangkok, Thailand, to share their experiences regarding the national climate change reports and discuss the prospects of the development of Regional MRV Networks.

The workshop’s objective was to provide training and discussions on the NC and BUR project processes and management, implementation of project activities; reporting; funding requests, approvals, legal issues, update reports and other key prerequisites.  The training also involved the key elements of the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) concept and the reporting requirements under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement; the elements for road-testing processes for data collection, processing, compilation and reporting in specific sectors, as component of a broader national MRV system; as well as the setting up of solid and sustainable institutional arrangements for MRV.

Throughout the 4-day training, various issues were discussed, including the capacity assessment and detecting the gaps, overview of the existing MRV framework along with the issues arising while establishing national MRV systems. As many countries, have been working on the MRV framework for almost two decades now, several lessons learnt, success stories and best practices have originated, which provided useful inputs to other countries. Greenhouse gas inventories represent probably the key element of any MRV process. As most countries are gradually moving to the use of the IPCC 2006 Guidelines, the importance of understanding what entails adopting practical MRV arrangements, which barriers exist, and which advantages can be achieved were also discussed.

Further, the participants had the opportunity to break out into groups, discuss and build consensus on development of regional MRV networks, including possible structure, areas of collaboration and network coordination framework. 

How establishing such regional network will be beneficial for our country?

Firstly, successful NCs and BURs require robust structures that allow for effective management of monitoring, reporting and verification as well as to facilitate the integration of generated information in the preparation and implementation for future NCs, BURs and NDCs.

Having high degree of geographical, economic, environmental and institutional similarities and usually similar constraints and gaps, with other Balkan countries, will enable us to find and benefit from similar solutions and from already established collaboration initiatives. This informal regional MRV network will facilitate exchange of knowledge, experiences and good practices on general MRV issues through collaboration and support of technical experts, seminars and webinars, peer to peer reviews of reports and study outputs, including Quality Assurance, etc. It will also enable the members to build capacity at regional or bilateral level, start joint initiatives, such as development of regional emission factors as well as joint facilitation to technical support and resources.

Emsal Ajredini - Legal Consultant (Capacity - building Initiative for Transparency CBIT project)





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