4th October, 2018
The Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) under its Measurement Reporting and Verification (MRV) and National Communication (NC) Division is hosting a final workshop in presenting the country’s First Biennial Update Report (BUR1) to its key stakeholders before submissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by the end of this year, 2018.
The workshop will be held at Grand Papua Hotel on the 4th and 5th October with attendance from target government agencies, data providers, development partners who contributed to the BUR1.
The CCDA’s Managing Director Mr. Ruel Yamuna said the aim of consultation workshop is to provide participants a comprehensive summary of the BUR1, with a view to finalize and submit the BUR1 to the UNFCCC by the end of 2018. He said workshop participants will be asked to review the BUR1 and provide any comments to improve the BUR1 before approving the document for submission.
This is a milestone event for PNG and this workshop will highlight PNG's National Greenhouse Gas estimate for all sectors signifying PNG's progress in the international community under the UNFCCC processes.
So what is a BUR? It’s an update report under the UNFCCC processes for developing countries in reporting on their efforts or actions in addressing climate change and its impacts within all sectors at the national level. It refers to Greenhouse Gas emissions, mitigation actions and their effects and the support needed and received during the process.
Under UNFCCC processes, reporting for developing countries through a BUR – developing country Parties (like PNG) are required to submit their first BUR consistent with the Party’s national capabilities or level of support provided and can be submitted on a voluntary basis and consequently every two years thereafter (at their own discretion).
Thus, the National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventories enable countries to have an understanding of its GHG emissions and removal trends, which can then be used as basis to develop policies and measures for emission reduction and to track their progress.
In addition, Mr. Yamuna said that PNG has prepared GHG inventories twice under the UNFCCC processes. However, they were carried out as individual projects, and lacked an institutional framework, an organization system, and permanent staff with technical expertise to prepare GHG inventories on a regular basis. With that, he further acknowledges the tireless effort of all the technical sector leads from CCDA, the management team of the PNG’s GHG Inventory, relevant stakeholders and the development partners who have contributed to the development of this report. Thus in 2014, PNG had requested Japan for technical assistance to strengthen capacity to prepare GHG inventories every two years as required by the UNFCCC decisions.
The JICA project was launched in August 2017 and has since supported the CCDA in its first Biennial Update Report (BUR1), particularly the GHG inventory, with other developing partners such as the Food and Agriculture Organization and financial support from United Nation Environment Program.
He reiterated that “PNG’s First BUR as a non-Annex I Party, contains updates of GHG inventories, including a national inventory report and information on mitigation actions, needs and support that CCDA has received. The report provides an updates on actions undertaken by PNG in implementing the Convention, and includes the status of the country’s GHG emissions and removals by sinks, as well as on the actions to reduce emissions or enhance sinks”.