GIZ Finalises Two Further Knowledge Products

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), as part of the GIZ Information Matters project, has finalised two more knowledge products in addition to those set out here.

The Information Matters project has set out on an ambitious task to strengthen the in-country capacities for enhanced climate reporting. In order to do this, GIZ, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), is providing support to a number of selected partner countries, in the African, Asia-Pacific, Eastern European and Latin America regions. The project focuses on sharing ‘lessons learned’ and assisting countries in climate change reporting efforts. As such, a number of tools and knowledge products have been developed and published, providing developing countries with additional resources to develop their national reports.

The Knowledge Products

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The first knowledge product to be recently finalised is entitled “Guidance for setting up and enhancing national technical teams for GHG inventories in developing countries”. In a step-by-step process, this guidance aims to assist developing countries in meeting a significant part of their reporting requirements under the UNFCCC, i.e. the national GHG inventory, by setting up or enhancing national technical teams for the preparation and reporting of GHG inventories on a regular basis within a national system of GHG inventories. It draws upon experiences from the Information Matters project and lessons learned from developing and developed countries reporting to the UNFCCC over the last decade. Moreover, the guidance assists in highlighting potential capacity needs in establishing and setting up national teams of GHG inventory experts and how these might be addressed. Besides the step-by-step process, this paper provides additional guidance on strategies to support the sustainability of technical teams for GHG inventories once they have been established so as to maintain continuity in the reporting process. This approach can be used to set-up a GHG inventory team from scratch, or also may be applied to enhance specific aspects if the team already exists, since each step has its own requirements and recommendations to achieve good practices.

The guidance paper can be downloaded on the Information Matters website here.

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The second document finalized by GIZ is an update of the knowledge product entitled “Preparing for the ICA process: Required efforts and capacities needed”. This paper assesses how Non-Annex I Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) can best prepare for the International Consultation and Analysis (ICA) of their Biennial Update Reports (BURs), and what efforts and capacities might be required as part of their preparation. It draws upon project experiences from the Information Matters (IM) project and from Non-Annex I Parties’ experiences gained during the first rounds of ICA sessions, comprising the Technical Analysis (TA) of the first BURs of 33 countries and the Facilitative Sharing of Views (FSV) of 30 countries as of July 2017. It describes the ICA process, its components and the existing experiences with the rounds of ICA that have taken place so far. It then suggests how countries may prepare for their participation in the ICA process by identifying necessary preparation steps and related capacity needs, taking into account UNFCCC requirements. Finally, it offers recommendations on how to take into consideration the outcomes of the ICA in future reporting.

The guidance paper can be downloaded on the Information Matters website here.