The Agriculture and Land Use software when in place will monitor and document calculations and removal of carbon emissions to ensure transparent, accurate, consistent, complete and comparable data are inputted into the system for reporting purposes.
A National GHG Inventory is a significant element of a country’s National Communications report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) every two years.
The UNFCCC Regional Project Coordinator who was in the country this last week Leandro Buendia says PNG is among the six countries participating under the SEA GHG Project. Other countries include Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
The Project which commenced in 2009 is into its second phase with in-country technical meetings like this one. Hopes are high that the hands-on training with the new version of the ALU templates has assisted the participants in reviewing data gaps identified in October, 2011 in meeting with the PNG Inventory team.
Mr. Buendia facilitated at the workshop hosted by the office of Climate Change and Development to strengthen and continue building capacity to improve the quality and encourage the development of a sustainable inventory management system.
OCCD’s Acting Executive Director Varigini Badira says that he was particularly interested on the outcomes of the workshop.
PNG is in the final stages of completing its Second National Communications and preparing for the Third National Communication and its First Biennial Update Report for submission to UNFCCC in December, 2014 and these meetings are vital for data collection for these reports.
Mr. Badira says that capacity building for the participants was vital to equip them with the right skills and knowledge required to sustainably manage the system.
Participants say the way forward now for PNG is to build a good network of coordinators and data compilers for the five key emission sectors that PNG is reporting on; Forestry, Agriculture, Energy, Waste and Industrial processing.
The workshop held at the OCCD conference room concluded with a development of a plan to produce PNG’s next inventory.
The workshop was attended by key experts in geographical information systems and key sector representatives from the University of Papua New Guinea, Department of Environment and Conservation, PNG Forest Authority, Department of Agriculture & Livestock with the support from the United Nations Development Program. (EMTV News)