Transparent policy making – cooperative MRV platform in the Caribbean

Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (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 institution brings together experts from different countries and creates 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 MRV Hub.

Project data

Countries
Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago
IKI funding
2,988,114.00 €
Duration
08/2018 till 07/2023
Status
open
Political Partner
  • Climate Change Division, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation - Jamaica
  • Department of Environment, Ministry of Health and the Environment - Antigua and Barbuda
  • Department of Sustainable Development, Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development - Saint Lucia
  • Energy Division, Ministry of Finance and Energy - Grenada
  • Environmental Coordinating Unit, Ministry of Health and Environment - Dominica
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources, and Cooperatives - Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Ministry of Economic Planning, Sustainable Development, Industry, Information and Labour - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Ministry of Environment and Drainage - Barbados
  • Ministry of Planning and Development - Trinidad and Tobago
  • National Climate Change Office, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration - Belize
  • Office of Climate Change, Ministry of the Presidency - Guyana
  • The Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology (BEST) - Bahamas
Implementing Partner
  • St. George’s UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Centre (RCC-STG)

State of implementation/results

  • In February 2019, the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute established the Caribbean Cooperative MRV Hub (MRV Hub), with its implementing partner, the UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Center (RCC) for the Caribbean Region and the Windward Islands Research & Education Foundation (WINDREF), with a physical base at St. George's University in Grenada.
  • The MRV Hub serves 12 English-speaking Caribbean countries and is governed by a standing steering committee consisting of eight members from each stakeholder group (member countries, implementing partners, and regional organizations). Member countries serve two-year terms on a rotating basis
  • The MRV Hub hosts a dedicated website: www.mrvhub.org as well as a Facebook page. Through this website, the MRV Hub regularly updates its stakeholders by posting regional MRV events through a coordination calendar, publishing a bi-monthly newsletter, and providing links to download annual meeting reports.
  • On February 5-6, 2019, the MRV Hub hosted its first annual meeting, "Enhancing MRV/Transparency Processes in Climate Change Mitigation in the English-speaking Caribbean" in Grenada, with 37 representatives and observers from countries in attendance.
  • The MRV Hub completed country-specific MRV system status assessments and finalized capacity building reports for all member countries.
  • Following the country-specific capacity building reports, the MRV Hub established the following sector-specific cooperative “work crews” to address needs and fill high-priority gaps: Data Management Systems (DMS), marine bunker fuel emission estimates, on-road mobile sources, and forestry and other land use (FOLU).
  • The first call for work crew participation was issued inviting regional experts to participate in one or more of the MRV Hub working crews. Regional experts have continued to work with MRV Hub staff to ensure that proposed solutions address regional circumstances and capacity building needs. Regional experts have the opportunity to join working teams as candidates are reviewed through on-going calls for participation.
  • MRV Hub Modeling & Projections Program (MPP): the MRV Hub "Mitigation and Modeling Program" created and hosted a series of webinars entitled "GHG Mitigation Modeling Tools Introduction Webinar Series." This series presented various greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation models and projection models and tools from Caribbean countries. MRV Hub experts collaborated with experts from various organizations, including the Caribbean Center for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), UNEP-DTU Partnership, NewClimate Institute, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)) to provide this important content. The MPP team launched and completed its first online course on the Low Emissions Analysis Platform (LEAP) software. The course was attended by 19 participants from the region.
  • Summer Academy 2020/2021/2022: The MRV Hub has delivered three virtual summer academy training events. The online program spans 8 weeks and consists of 3 hours of training per week, including homework, a live lecture, and an office-hour session. The goal of the summer academy is to build capacity for up-and-coming experts in GHG inventory data collection, estimation, compilation, documentation of procedures, and improvement of GHG inventories.
  • Now in its 4th year, the MRV Hub continues to fill an important MRV role in the region. It’s 4th Annual Meeting was attended by 49 participants including representatives from Member Countries. Staff provided an overview of the MRV Hub’s achievements over the last year, as well as a summary of challenges and opportunities ahead. Member country representatives exchanged knowledge on climate MRV & transparency systems, and shared national perspectives on transparency reporting with presentations from Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, St. Kitts & Nevis and The Bahamas.

Latest Update:
10/2022

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