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Bangladesh, Cambodia, Tanzania and Zambia Host Workshops on Greenhouse Gas and National Forest Inventories

A series of recent UN-REDD Programme training workshops provided support to these four countries as they build national capacities in assessing forest biomass and preparing greenhouse gas inventories.


Both Cambodia and Bangladesh carried out training workshops entitled “GHG Inventory Preparation for Forestry” in November and December 2012, bringing together a number of participants from relevant government ministries, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), universities, research institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Participants in the GHG training workshop in Cambodia

The training workshop in Cambodia provided numerous technical presentations on principles, guidelines and protocols for reporting Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions for REDD+; updated information on remote sensing/forest cover maps, national forest inventory and other components of the UN-REDD Programme; and a short practice with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) software for default reporting. Participants also developed suggestions and recommendations for future improvement of Measuring Reporting and Verification (MRV) of carbon from forests under the Cambodia UN-REDD National Programme. A network for REDD+ within the context of MRV related activities has been built in Cambodia and will expand with greater participation in REDD+ activities in the future.

Participants in the GHG training workshop in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, with the support of the UN-REDD Programme team at FAO, a training course entitled “GHG Inventory Preparation for Forestry” was held by the UN-REDD National Programme, with the cooperation of multiple government actors from the Forestry, Environment, Development Cooperation and Statistics Department in the country as well as research institutes and universities. The training course provided an overview on methods and good practice guidelines from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to be applied in the preparation of transparent, accurate, complete and consistent GHG estimates for the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry sector that can be comparable among countries.

Tanzania and Zambia participate in South-South exchange on carbon stock estimates
In December, Zambia hosted a training workshop on Allometric Equations (AEs) with counterparts in Tanzania, aimed at building capacity among participants working on biomass and carbon stock assessment, tree AEs and national forest inventory in these two countries. Facilitated by a technical team from the UN-REDD Programme team at FAO and from International Cooperation Centre on Agricultural Research for Development/French National Institute for Agricultural Research in France, the workshop covered both the theoretical and practical elements of the construction of AEs, from the collection and analysis of field data to the construction of mathematical representations of AEs.

The workshop produced a roadmap for building AEs in Tanzania and Zambia that will allow the two countries to properly measure, report and verify GHGs from forest lands.

Participants in the South-South training on carbon estimates in Zambia

More on UN-REDD’s technical support to countries
The UN-REDD Programme has supported countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean through a series of technical workshops providing an overview on methods and guidance to be applied for preparing a National Forest Inventory (NFI) and a GHG inventory. These NFIs will give countries transparent, accurate, complete and consistent estimates, to be comparable among countries, and to provide information on data collection and analysis, and choices among methods for preparing GHG estimates.

Estimating the levels of GHG emissions and removals is an important element in achieving the ultimate objective of the UNFCCC which is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous human activities that could interfere with the climate system. Being able to provide up-to-date inventory reports in 2013 is crucial, since the first biennial update report to the UNFCCC is due by December 2014.

 

 

 

 

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