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Conclusions

Importance of Ongoing, Face-to-Face Discussions

The Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia (WGIA) has taken place annually since 2003 to provide an opportunity for countries in the Asian region to cooperate and share information and experience related to the development of national GHG inventories. WGIA is organised by GIO, a sustainable organisation. The 12th WGIA was held in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2014. Workshops were held in various host countries, as this leads to more attendees participating from Asian countries and enables more face-to-face discussion. The number of WGIA participants increased from 27 in 2003 to 130 in 2012. The latest WGIA (WGIA12) had an attendance of 123 from 14 WGIA member countries and international organisations in 2014. WGIA has become one of the biggest events for climate change in Asia. Through this ongoing face-to-face workshop, mutual trust among participants has been built.

Sharing of Information and Experience

In WGIA, the latest information and estimation methodologies are discussed, providing an opportunity for other countries to learn. Common problems and possible solutions are identified. This information helps participants compile transparent, accurate, time-series continuous, comparable and continuous GHG inventories. Many countries have overcome common problems and some countries have already developed country-specific emission factors, time-series GHG emission estimations and national systems as a result.

Network Utilisation

The WGIA network platform was established to exchange information on climate change and mitigation of GHG emissions as well as GHG inventory. WGIA's key function is to connect other activities among participants and Japan and also facilitate international cooperation; many collaborative activities, such as the SEA GHG Project, USAID, USEPA, AusAID as well as instances of mutual learning, have taken place as a result.

Continuity of WGIA

One of the reasons why WGIA can continue is its sustainability as an organisation (GIO/NIES). In addition, although the first workshop was just a small meeting, it has since grown, step by step, into something much larger. This environment of free discussion has built relationships of mutual trust among the participants. Holding WGIA every year has been enabled by the mutual trust built among and by the participating countries

References

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Office of Japan (GIO), CGER, NIES (2009a) Proceedings of the 6th Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia (WGIA6) –“capacity building support for developing countries on GHG inventories and data collection (measurability, reportability and verifiability)” as a part of the “Kobe Initiative” of the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting, 16–18 July 2018, Tsukuba, Japan

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Office of Japan (GIO), CGER, NIES (2009b) Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia (WGIA7) capacity building for measurability, reportability and verifiability under the Kobe Initiative, 7–10 July 2009, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Office of Japan (GIO), CGER, NIES (2010) Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia (WGIA8) – capacity building for measurability, reportability and verifiability13–16 July 2010, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Office of Japan (GIO), CGER, NIES (2012) Proceedings of the 10th

Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia (WGIA10) – capacity building for measurability, reportability and verifiability-, 10–12 July 2012, Hanoi, Vietnam

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Office of Japan (GIO), CGER, NIES (2015) Proceedings of the 12th Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia (WGIA12) – capacity building for measurability, reportability and verifiability-, 4–6 August 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

Ministry of the Environment, Japan and Greenhouse Gas Inventory Office of Japan (GIO), CGER, NIES (2014), National Inventory report of Japan, April 2014

UNFCCC, Decision 1/CP.16, The Cancun Agreements (2011)

 
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