Government officials to receive training in reporting and evaluation of GHG emissions
KAMPALA – A workshop designed to train government officials responsible for coordinating climate change activities in Uganda on new methods of reporting and monitoring Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, opens today at the Golf Course View Hotel in Entebbe.
The three-day residential workshop, organized by the Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Project, is aimed at strengthening the institutional and technical capacity of Government of Uganda to develop effective Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action Plans (NAMAS) through a “learning by doing” approach. As agreed in the international climate change negotiations, all NAMAs are expected to be Measured, Reported and Verified (or “MRVed”) in order to demonstrate that GHG emissions are being reduced. Ideally, other NAMA benefits such as job creation, poverty reduction, and improved health are also quantified.
The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV will conduct the training expected to benefit some 45 participants from different government ministries, departments and agencies.
“The focus will be on establishing scope, indicators, reporting and verification mechanisms, and timeframes,” says Mr. Paul Isabirye, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water and Environment, which oversees the Climate Change mitigation in the country.
The workshop will gather input to establish a new national system that will make it easier to understand, and apply the different approaches to evaluating GHG emissions. Using a mix of presentations, break-out sessions and plenary discussions, participants will design an MRV system and action plan to track national efforts to reduce emissions.
The new MRV system will build on available national frameworks, already a number of reliable reporting and quantification tools for GHG emissions from waste activities depending on the scope of the reporting selected, and the basic operational data generated by specific waste management technologies exist today.
The Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Project for Uganda is implemented by Government of Uganda, through the Climate Change Unit (CCU) in the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE).
Since the project started in 2011, a number of key results have been achieved, including the formulation of a roadmap for a low emission development strategy for Uganda and development of eight Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in the priority sectors of energy, agriculture, transport and waste. Institutional assessments for streamlining the development of GHG inventories have also been completed as part of the project.
The Uganda project is part of the larger global LECB programme, which runs through 2016 and is active in 25 countries around the globe, including Argentina, Bhutan, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, DRC, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam and Zambia. The programme is funded by the European Commission and the governments of Germany and Australia.
The programme’s goal is to strengthen technical and institutional capacities at the country level, while at the same time facilitating inclusion and coordination of the public and private sectors in national initiatives aimed at reducing the GHG emissions that cause climate change.
UNFCCC National Focal Point/Coordinator-Climate Change Unit,
Ministry of Water and Environment,
P.O. Box 28119 Kampala, Uganda,