Transparent policy making – cooperative MRV platform in the Caribbean
As of: August 2020
Objective and activities
MRV is an important foundation for policy-making within the framework of the Paris Agreement. The project is establishing a “Caribbean Cooperative MRV Hub (CCMRVH)” to create greenhouse gas inventories, assess climate mitigation measures and track progress towards national climate targets. The platform will bring together experts from different countries and create regional institutional prerequisites for the cross-national use of expert knowledge on MRV. National specialists are developing institutional structures, emission-relevant data structures and drafts for political strategies and international reporting. Specialist MRV knowledge is also being improved through training and the project is developing framework conditions for the dissemination and sustainable use of the “Hub”. /
State of implementation/results
- In February 2019, The MRV Hub established a physical base at St. George’s University, Grenada, in the UNFCCC-Regional Collaboration Centre (RCC) offices for the Caribbean region and the Windward Islands Research & Education Foundation (WINDREF).
- The region-wide project kickoff meeting (“Enhancing MRV/Transparency Processes in Climate Action in the English-Speaking Caribbean: Kick-off meeting of the Caribbean Cooperative Monitoring, Reporting & Verification Hub (CCMRVH)”) was held at St. George’s University in Grenada, February 5-6, with 37 countries representatives and observers present (not including project partners). A Meeting report can be found here: www.un-gsp.org/…
- The MRV Hub has hosted multiple training sessions on the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, as well as data collection and data management systems.
- The MRV Hub has drafted the country-specific MRV System Status reports and expects to establish baseline MRV M&E tracking indicators and circulate status reports to individual countries.
- The MRV Hub secretariat, through the country assessment process, has unambiguously identified high priority needs and gaps for almost all participating countries to support MRV. Some of these gaps include - Data Management Systems (DMS), maritime bunker fuel emission estimates, on-road mobile sources, and emission estimates for land use. The MRV Hub aims to address these needs/gaps through the formation of expert working crews with the task of addressing these concerns.
- The MRV Hub is planning to present the project at COP25 (Chile) under an official UNFCCC side-event.
- The Hub secretariat plans to attend and convene the 3rd meeting of the MRV Hub Steering Committee on 6th December 2019 and to conduct bi-lateral meetings with MRV Hub members from 2-13 December 2019 in Chile.
- The MRV Hub continues to host a dedicated webpage for the project: <ghginstitute.org/…>. Within this webpage the project has launched and regularly updates a MRV Hub regional event and coordination calendar.
- Project partners developed a Facebook page dedicated to project news, photos and event posts. This social media platform is the primary network used within the region: <www.facebook.com/…> --The MRV Hub Secretariat began issuing a bi-monthly newsletter to inform Hub members and stakeholders of recent MRV Hub news, events, and opportunities. --The MRV Hub presented the project on 12 June 2019, in Bonn during the SB meetings at the UNFCCC DNA Forum.
- In August 2019, the MRV Hub attended and hosted a side-event on the MRV Hub at Latin America Climate Week (LACW). Project results were presented to inform UNFCCC processes and highlight regional GHG MRV models of success.