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Guidance for setting up and enhancing national technical teams for GHG inventories in developing countries

In a step-by-step process, this guidance aims to assist developing countries in meeting a significant part of their reporting requirements to the UNFCCC, i.e. the national GHG inventory, by setting up or enhancing national technical teams for the preparation and reporting of GHG inventories on a regular basis within a national system of GHG inventories. It draws upon experiences from the Information Matters project and lessons learned from developing and developed countries reporting to the UNFCCC over the last decade. Moreover, the guidance assists in highlighting potential capacity needs in establishing and setting up national teams of GHG inventory experts and how these might be addressed. Besides the step-by-step process, this paper provides additional guidance on strategies to support the sustainability of technical teams for GHG inventories once they have been established so as to maintain continuity in the reporting process. This approach can be used to set-up a GHG inventory team from scratch, or also may be applied to enhance specific aspects if the team already exists, since each step has its own requirements and recommendations to achieve good practices.