The UNFCCC Secretariat hosted The Africa Regional Workshop on the Building of Sustainable National
Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management Systems, and the Use of the 2006 IPCC
Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories from 14 to 18 March in
Maseru, Lesotho. The workshop was organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat in
collaboration with the Technical Support Unit of the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories
and the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties
not included in Annex I to the Convention.
A total of 57 experts from 41 countries in the region attended
the workshop. The participants primarily consisted of government officials
involved in the preparation of national GHG inventories, including UNFCCC
national focal points.
The workshop was the first of its kind from the UNFCCC
Secretariat, offering training on the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for non-Annex I
Parties. The workshop was organized following the 42nd Subsidiary
Body for Implementation acknowledging the request from non-Annex I Parties for
further technical support aimed at improving their domestic capacity to
facilitate continuity in meeting reporting requirements through, among others,
training on the use of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National GHG Inventories, as
well as building of sustainable national GHG inventory management systems.
Therefore, the workshop emphasized both the importance of
establishing a national inventory management system to support the regular
development and submission of national GHG gas inventories, and provided
hands-on training on the 2006 IPCC guidelines for national GHG inventories,
including the IPCC inventory software.
The workshop consisted of six sessions. The first session
included a keynote address by the Honorable Minister Selibe Mochoboroane,
Minister of Energy and Meteorology
(Lethotho), and the sharing of country experiences by representatives of Benin,
South Africa, Swaziland, and Tunisia.
The second session focused on the key role of the national
GHG inventory management system, including presentations and hands on materials
to support the development of a national GHG inventory management system. This
session concluded with a group discussion where participants shared their experiences
in using the proposed templates.
Sessions three through five provided training on the 2006
IPCC Guidelines, including general guidance, reporting, and sectoral guidance.
Following an overview of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines, including differences
between the Revised 1996 and the 2006 IPCC Guidelines, participants were
introduced to the IPCC inventory software and Emission Factor Database. The
IPCC 2006 Guidelines were presented by sector —Energy, Industrial Processes and
Product Use, Waste, and Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use. For each
sector, participants reviewed source/sink categories and methodologies, and
completed a hands-on exercise using the IPCC inventory software. Participants then
learned how to utilize the IPCC inventory software for compiling various
components of a national GHG inventory.
The UNFCCC Secretariat is
organizing similar workshops for the Latin America and Caribbean, and Asia
Pacific and Eastern Europe regions, in June and September 2016,
Presentations from the workshop are available on the UNFCCC