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Initiative for Climate Action Transparency

As of: December 2021

MRV is an important foundation for policy-making within the framework of the Paris Agreement. Adapting its work to match the individual national conditions, the project provides policy makers and stakeholders in partner countries with tools and methods to support the development of national MRV systems. The project support is based on the development of a MRV framework regarding greenhouse gas reduction and the sustainable development and transformation effects of climate change mitigation strategies and measures. It also builds up capacities to strengthen national MRV systems and establish institutional arrangements. At national, regional and global levels, the project finances activities that have an immediate and long-term impact and improve the administrative, legislative and institutional MRV infrastructure in developing countries.

State of implementation/results

  • ICAT supported Cambodia in establishing a Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system that will help track the contributions of renewable energy policies to their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and prepare their Biennial Transparency Report (BTR). – As part of Argentina’s ICAT Phase I Project, a technical meeting with a range of prominent LULUCF experts discussed the most pressing questions regarding the estimation of forest-related data for Argentina and how they could be improved.
  • Colombia’s ICAT Phase I Project, which aims to integrate subnational and non-state actions into the national transparency framework, including NDC action tracking, was successfully launched at a high-level online event involving the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, WWF Colombia, WRI and the ICAT Secretariat.
  • Brazil’s ICAT Phase I Project has set a solid basis for achieving and tracking the country’s NDC targets. Scenarios of how Brazil’s NDC targets can be achieved were developed and, based on these scenarios, a set of indicators to monitor the implementation of the country’s NDCs were formulated.
  • ICAT has officially started working with six new partner countries - Antigua and Barbuda, Chad, Chile, Fiji, Liberia, and Nigeria - to support them in enhancing their domestic capacity for climate action transparency.
  • The first phase of ICAT’s Adaptation Project was completed, resulting in a methodology for national stakeholder mapping developed for and applied in Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, India and South Africa. This sets the basis for a second phase where also Kenya will join.
  • ICAT strengthened its operations by bringing in 2 new Implementing Partners: Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and NewClimate Institute.
  • ICAT has helped Sri Lanka in designing a national Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system for the transport sector including the revision of transport related NDC actions.
  • A remote technical training workshop was successfully organized for ministry officials in Vietnam on the use of the GACMO tool and of ICAT’s Policy Assessment Guides for tracking the progress of NDC implementation.
  • An independent evaluation of ICAT found that it is successfully supporting developing countries build an evidence base for their climate actions and policies.
  • An introductory webinar to the new ICAT series of Policy Assessment Guides explained how the guides can be applied to assess the GHG, sustainable development impacts and transformational potential of climate policies and actions at various levels of governance.
  • ICAT has deployed a set of tools to help countries assess the impact of their climate policies and improve their chances of strengthening and achieving their national climate goals under the Paris Agreement.
  • A joint webinar on NDC accounting tools presented different approaches for tracking NDC action, showcasing an NDC accounting tool developed in Ghana.
  • A joint webinar for francophone Africa covered the theoretical aspects and practical applications of tools to update NDCs.
  • A joint webinar on Information systems for climate action and support gathered experts from national and international institutions to discuss the aspects to consider when designing information systems projects for climate action and support.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Political partner(s):
  • Diverse climate change relevant institutions in the respective partner countries/Diverse klimarelevante Institutionen in den entsprechenden Partnerländern

Implementing partner(s):
  • UNEP DTU Partnership
  • Verified Carbon Standard Association (VERRA) - USA
  • World Resources Institute (WRI)

BMU grant:
40.696.653,73 €

12/2015  till  06/2026


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