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Information Matters: Capacity Building for Ambitious Reporting and Facilitation of International Mutual Learning through Peer-to-Peer Exchange

As of: June 2020

Objective and activities

Developing and emerging countries are expected to submit Biennial Update Reports (BURs) to the UNFCCC every two years. Information Matters aimed at strengthening capacities for the preparation of high quality and ambitious reports in eight selected partner countries: Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, the Philippines, Colombia, Egypt, Georgia and Viet Nam. Country-tailored consulting and trainings enabled partner countries to institutionalise their MRV systems and enhance technical capacities, especially with regard to GHG inventories and reporting on mitigation actions. Sharing lessons learned and facilitating knowledge exchange on good practices through peer exchange was another key element of the project. Upon request, the project offered short-term support to additional countries under its flexible “Ad-hoc Facility”. Experiences gained from the project also provided insights to the UNFCCC negotiations and other related fora, e.g. the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement.

State of implementation/results

  • Phase I countries (2013-2016):
  • GHA: submission of 2nd BUR in 10/2018 and and its revision in 02/2019; completion of International Consultation and Analysis (ICA) process in 05/2016; 4th National Communication (NC) in process
  • CHL: submission of 3rd BUR in 12/2018 as first non-Annex I country; submission of 1st BUR in 12/2104 and 2nd in 04/2017; completion of ICA process in 05/2016; launch of the Latin American Greenhouse Gas Inventory Network in 2016 – DOM: publication of 3rd NC in 10/2017; submission of 1st BUR scheduled for the end of 2019; completion of GHG inventory for the year 2010 for the first time by national experts in 2015; PHL: development of the National Integrated Climate Change Database and Information Exchange System (NICCDIES); compilation of 1st BUR and 3rd NC integrated in updated national climate plan
  • Phase II countries (2016-2018):
  • GEO: submission of the 2nd BUR expected in 2nd quarter of 2019; participation in ICA process in 11/17
  • COL: development of institutional arrangements for the 2nd BUR and enhancement of technical capacities of national staff; submission of 2nd BUR in 12/2018 – VNM: publication of 2nd BUR in 11/2017 and 3rd NC in 02/2019 – General information: Two peer-to-peer exchange workshops between partner countries took place in 2015 and 2017, respectively
  • Knowledge products:
  • Stock Taking Tool: Analytical tool to assess mitigation architecture and identify priorities for national MRV systems
  • BUR Process Guidance
  • BUR Template
  • Guide to support country preparation for the ICA
  • Study on the preparation of GHG inventories for the waste-sector – Discussion paper: „National benefits of climate reporting“ – Document: „A short presentation of development of the German national climate reporting system“ – Ad-hoc Facility support has been provided to Malaysia, Krygyzstan, Lebanon, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mongolia, Benin, Zambia, South Africa, Jordan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Laos

Project data

Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Ghana, Philippines, Vietnam

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Climate Change Commission (CCC) - Philippines, Environmental Protection Agency - Ghana, Ministry of Environment (MMA) - Chile, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection - Georgia, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) - Colombia, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) - Viet Nam, Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs (MSEA) - Egypt, National Council for Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism - Dominican Republic
  • Climate Change Commission (CCC) - Philippines,Environmental Protection Agency - Ghana,Ministry of Environment (MMA) - Chile,National Council for Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism - Dominican Republic,Umweltbundesamt

BMU grant:
3.525.000,00 €

05/2013  till  06/2019


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