Latest Workshop on GHG Inventories in Asia (WGIA12), 2014

The Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MoEJ) and the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) convened the WGIA as a capacity building workshop for measurability, reportability and verifiability (MRV) as a part of Japan's assistance for developing countries. Ever since 2003, the workshops have aimed at supporting Non-Annex I (NAI) Parties in Asia to develop and improve their GHG inventories.

In August 2014, the 12th workshop was held and attended by over 120 experts from 14 WGIA member countries (Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam), as well as representatives from the Secretariat of the UNFCCC, Technical Support Unit from the IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (IPCC TFI TSU), the Regional Capacity Building Project for Sustainable National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management Systems in Southeast Asia (SEA GHG Project), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI), the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and relevant Japanese institutes in Bangkok, Thailand.

The GIO (Secretariat of the WGIA12) both organises the programmes of WGIA, according to the needs and requests of the participants, and conducts the WGIA.

In WGIA12, the biennial update report (BUR) to be submitted by Non-Annex I countries by year end and the international consultation and analysis (ICA, part of BUR) were key topics on the discussion agenda. Also discussed were the importance of accurate GHG inventories and QA/QC activities; the importance of MRV at various levels, such as region and city levels, for verification of implementation and planning for NAMA; the necessity of consolidating stable systems of GHG inventory for applying high cost–benefit technology in the AFOLU sector; and the need to maintain ongoing correspondence with inventory compilers and researchers providing new technology.

Through WGIA12, the capacity development of participating countries for MRV and the network for BUR were enhanced, with the aim of creating BUR, conducting ICA and implementing the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs).

WGIA 13 will be held in Indonesia, where BURs submitted by Non-Annex I Parties this year will be presented by the participants. Further, mutual learning and discussions concerning ICA will be conducted. (Reference: Greenhouse Gas Inventory Office of Japan (GIO), CGER, NIES (2015)).

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