Ricardo-AEA supports key international initiative to improve climate change reporting

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Release date: 4 February 2014

Santiago - work is already underway in Chile, as well as in the Dominican Republic Ghana, and the Philippines 

  • Project – supported by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) – aims to enable developing countries to enhance international climate change reporting
  • Work under subcontract to GIZ, a German federal enterprise in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development
  • Project recognizes Ricardo-AEA’s expertise in measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) for emissions, mitigation actions and climate finance
  • Work is already underway in Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, and the Philippines

 
The capacity-building project, entitled ‘Information Matters’, is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Ricardo-AEA has been selected in a competitive bidding process to assist the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on this project to support four countries in enhancing their international reporting on climate change. 

The project will assist countries in setting up a reporting system for their Biennial Update Reports (BURs) and, also for their National Communications. It is already underway in Chile, Dominican Republic, Ghana and the Philippines. Its goal is to enable the participating countries to improve the collection, analysis, and reporting of climate relevant data through capacity building activities. Countries will then be better able to respond to the enhanced reporting requirements of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Ricardo-AEA has conducted a review in each of the four selected countries and together with GIZ organized kick-off workshops at which the key ministries in each participating country discussed a capacity-building plan covering the next two years. Other organizations working in similar areas in the four countries including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Project and the GEF funded project “Preparation of Ghana's Initial Biennial Update Report to UNFCCC” are also being involved from the outset to maximize synergies and avoid overlaps.

Later, up to four capacity-building missions will take place in each country for government staff involved in measuring and reporting. The support will be tailored according to the needs of participating countries and may include measuring and reporting of emissions inventories, quantification of mitigation impacts, tracking of climate finance and - based on the project experience - knowledge products. As part of these missions, local GIZ staff in the four countries, GIZ Germany and Ricardo-AEA will be consulting with senior government officials who shape and implement climate policies in their respective countries. Towards the end of the project, GIZ and Ricardo-AEA will facilitate a global workshop for staff members from the four countries so they can share best practices and lessons learnt on climate change reporting.

“We are delighted to have been selected by GIZ to support this important international initiative,” said Ricardo-AEA principal consultant Gill Wilkins. “The project will support countries in generating the information they need to create transparency and build trust at the international level, as well as to select and implement effective climate change actions and build climate resilience at the national level. It is designed to embed the procedures needed to deliver this information regularly and consistently. In doing so, it will help them to showcase their actions internationally including through their reports to the UNFCCC.  Building capacity in this way will also support countries in strengthening MRV capabilities and enhancing transparency at national level in order to plan and implement ambitious mitigation actions.  In addition, at international level, it will support countries in tracking the progress of nationally determined contributions to the global objective of mitigating climate change.”


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