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WEBINAR: Good Practices Contributing to an Effective National GHG Inventory System

THE UNDP LOW-EMISSION CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMME AND THE WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE ARE PLEASED TO INVITE YOU TO A JOINT WEBINAR

One key work area under the Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme is to put in place more robust national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory systems. Seventeen LECB countries have included this component, while many other LECB countries are incorporating a national inventory system as part of their Third National Communications. The GHG inventory system is seen as a fundamental aspect of a national MRV system, and also helps support more robust emission projections for mitigation and NAMA scenarios.

This 90-minute webinar will introduce participants to good practices identified by the World Resources Institute (WRI) during their four-year Measurement and Performance Tracking (MAPT) project, which helps enhance national capacities in developing countries to measure greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and track performance toward low-carbon development goals. The WRI analysis draws upon case studies authored by inventory experts from Brazil, Colombia, India, Mexico, and South Africa. The experience of South Africa will also be presented.

Timeline

9.00am: Housekeeping (5 mins)

9.05am: Introduction, UNDP (10 mins)

9.15am: Good Practices Contributing to an Effective National GHG Inventory System – Lessons Learned from the WRI MAPT Programme, Thomas Damassa, World Resources Institute (20 mins)

9.35am: South Africa’s National GHG Inventory System, Jongikhaya (Jongi) Witi, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa (25 mins)

10.05am: Open Discussion (30 mins)

10.30am: Webinar close

Speakers

Thomas Damassa is a Senior Associate with WRI’s climate and energy program, where he specializes in climate and energy data, reporting, and analysis. He currently leads work on national GHG inventory systems through WRI’s MAPT initiative. Thomas also manages the Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT 2.0), WRI’s online database of international and US state GHG emissions data and related indicators. Additionally, he develops assessment tools and policy analysis for the Open Climate Network, an independent partnership of policy institutes from over a dozen countries that tracks national progress on climate change.

Jongikhaya Witi heads the Climate Change Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate in South Africa and is responsible for the compilation of the national GHG inventory, the Biennial Update Report and National Communications. Currently, he also leads the group responsible for developing a web-based, climate change monitoring and evaluation system in South Africa. Previously he was involved in developing the South African Air Quality Information System (SAAQIS) and the development of the National Climate Change response Policy (NCCRP). He is also a lead reviewer under the UNFCCC Annex I GHG Inventory review process.

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