The Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) hosted visiting International Experts from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations in the country during a one week workshop at the Airways Hotel from the 25th to 29th March, 2019. The workshop was attended by country technical experts from key stakeholders within five different sectors in Energy, Industrial Processes, Agriculture, Forestry (Agriculture, Forestry, and Land Use – AFOLU) and the Waste Sector including CCDA technical staff. The one week programme started with official speeches followed by presentations from the 5 different sectors.
The project is aimed to assist developing countries including PNG to develop and maintain sustainable and robust national Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory systems by effectively applying the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines to serve as a basis for effective implementation of the transparency framework under the Paris Agreement in reporting on our GHG emission levels.
The project will also;
promote peer-to-peer learning and it will provide opportunity for tailored capacity building for our local experts on GHG inventory management systems, including institutional arrangements, for external expert assessment.
support capacity-building and system enhancement processes, and this means to facilitate quality assurance of our GHG emission estimates.
identify critical and immediate improvements to be addressed before the official submission of the country’s next national report(s), such as National Communication, Biennial Update Report and National Inventory Report (NIR).
For Papua New Guinea, the recommendations contained in this workshop (improvements plans) are expected to be implemented in the next cycle of the national reports preparation, which PNG plans to submit in 2019 for its 3rd National Communication Report and by 2020, PNG will submit its 2nd Biennial Update Report (BUR2).
PNG has seen this as an opportunity to work with local experts to build capacity and learn from these experts especially addressing the Quality Assurance of all its Inventory Data. The assistance in terms of funding and Technical support from; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the key stakeholders have already prepared its 1st BUR and will be submitting this report to UNFCCC later this week together with the its 1st REDD+ Technical Annex.