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Tools make it easier for developing countries to prepare climate accounts

A lack of environmental knowledge, specialists and systems make it difficult for Georgia, Colombia and Vietnam to monitor and report to the UN on their annual greenhouse gas emissions.

By means of a number of workshops, the ’Information Matters’ development programme shows the countries what to do to comply with the UN standards for climate reporting. The development organisation German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) has hired NIRAS as their adviser for the second phase of the programme.

More knowledge and better organising

Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ghana and the Philippines have already completed the first phase of the project, and the time has now come for the three other countries to follow.

The purpose of ’Information Matters’ is to enable the developing countries to work with data and statistics in the same way as the West when recording entries in their climate accounts.

By means of a number of workshops, public officials and other stakeholders in the countries in question are taught what to do in order to comply with the UN standards for climate reporting.

NIRAS’ consultants help the countries improve their organisational structures and increase their knowledge. The intention is that the countries in the future will be able to stand on their own two feet when the UN organisation UNFCCC calls for the annual climate report.

Tools designed to help the countries

NIRAS has written a number of guides and developed a range of products to help the countries improve their climate reporting. One of the guides explains how the countries should compose the technical teams that will calculate the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. A range of technical skills is required to calculate these emissions. It is therefore important that the teams have the right competencies if they are to succeed in establishing a well-functioning reporting system.

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