Since July 2016, the Information Matters project offers technical support to the Georgian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture (MEPA) setting up a sustainable MRV system and enhancing in-country capacities for ambitious climate reporting under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
At the beginning of the project, a stock taking mission and a kick-off workshop were conducted to identify capacity gaps and needs for ambitious climate reporting in collaboration with involved ministries, governmental agencies and other relevant national stakeholders. These results allowed the compilation of a roadmap for support that is tailored to MEPA`s specific needs and preferences.
So far, two training sessions for the preparation for the International Consultation and Analysis (ICA) process and three capacity-building workshops were carried out: The first capacity-building workshop conducted in January 2017 focused on the institutional set-up of an MRV system and introduction to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. A second capacity-building workshop on Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of mitigation actions took place in April 2017. In September 2017, a third capacity-building mission was held focusing on a stakeholder workshop for validation of the draft proposal on the national MRV system and on a technical training on data collection and QA/QC for GHG inventories.
Georgia successfully participated at the workshop of the Facilitative Sharing of Views under the ICA process at COP 23 in Bonn 2017. At the workshop, Georgia made a brief presentation on its first BUR, showcasing national GHG emissions data, its experiences with BUR preparation, as well as its institutional arrangements for reporting followed by a question and answer session. The full presentation can be downloaded as PDF or seen as video from hour 1:41:48 on.