Capacity Building Workshop in Zambia on Greenhouse Gas Inventories

11 March 2014.  National Forest Monitoring Systems are a key aspect for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) and National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Systems. In order to build capacity on the subject of National Forest Monitoring Systems, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme and the UN-REDD Programme, in partnership with the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Zambia, organized a workshop that took place on 25-27 February 2014, in Livingstone, Zambia.

Over 85 participants from 20 countries in Africa and the Arab States attended that addressed common challenges related to the development of a national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, a cornerstone of a country’s reporting obligations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The workshop aimed to address data collection gaps and to bring together people from varying sectors and countries to build capacity for future reporting schemes. The ultimate aim is to enhance both the quality of information obtained and the general information flow, therefore, leading to more accurate GHG inventories that will enable decision makers to make more informed policy choices in the context of climate change and mitigation actions on the ground.

The workshop consisted of a one-day joint plenary and two days of concurrent workstreams. The Day 1 plenary established common understandings and important linkages between the LECB and UN-REDD Programmes. Participants also had the opportunity to become better informed of the UNFCCC decisions on Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) and Biennial Update Reports, as well as introduction to a number of tools available for GHG reporting. On Day 2 and 3, participants held detailed discussions and training on topics such as institutional arrangements, quality assurance and quality control, archiving, remote sensing, forest inventories and land classification, among others. The parallel sessions included presentations, discussions, and practical exercises among country teams encouraging countries to share their experiences and build connections. Resource personnel from the UNFCCC, Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Environmental Protection Agency of the U.S. (US EPA) attended and provided participants with guidance and training on related requirements and tools. At the end of Day 3, participants returned to a joint closing plenary and shared the highlights and key themes from the parallel sessions.    

Participants agreed that the workshop was successful at fostering cooperation across agencies, programmes and individuals and helped to highlight the similarities and potential connections among colleagues.

More information on the workshop can be found on the LECB website: http://www.lowemissiondevelopment.org/news