The project aims – as its primary goal – to strengthen the in-country capacities for enhanced climate reporting under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the selected partner countries. The project has a special focus on the preparation of Biennial Update Reports (BURs) and the development and implementation of sustainable systems for measurement, reporting and verification (MRV).

During a first project phase (2013-2016), support has been provided to Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ghana and the Philippines. For the second phase (2016-2018), Colombia, Georgia and Viet Nam joined the project, allowing building upon the results, experiences and ‘lessons learned’ gained during the first phase. During its current third phase (2018-2019), the project will provide support to a number of additional countries under its flexible “Ad-hoc Facility” and continue to provide specified support to its partner countries of the 2nd phase. Experiences and lessons learnt from its implementation as well as guidance materials and tools will be widely disseminated to interested users.
For more information about the project implementation of our partner countries, use the indicated links below:

Partner countries phase I (2013 - 2017):

Dominican Republic

Partner countries phase II (2016 - 2018):

Viet Nam

A key feature of the Information Matters project is the country-tailored approach: In consultation with the partners, specific needs and priorities for national MRV systems and preparation of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories are identified, prioritized and addressed through tailored in-country capacity-building workshops and trainings. These further aim to enable the partner countries to define procedures, methodologies and responsibilities to institutionalise their MRV system and to meet the reporting requirements under the UNFCCC.

With MRV systems being an essential fundament for the forthcoming Enhanced Transparency Framework under the Paris Agreement, the Information Matters project provides an important basis for its partner countries to also prepare for future transparency requirements.
Following the submission of the BUR, Information Matters provides further assistance to its partner countries to prepare for a successful International Consultation and Analysis process. Trainings on Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) help to enhance the quality of future GHG inventories.
Sharing ‘lessons learned’ and facilitating knowledge transfer on good practices through South to South exchange is another key element of the project’s approach. To this end, peer-to-peer exchanges for the involved institutions of all partner countries are organised enabling countries to exchange experiences in overcoming challenges, build networks and strengthen their capacities at the institutional and national level.
In addition, the Information Matters project fosters exchange of knowledge between the German Environment Agency (UBA) and the project countries as well as other developing countries. Within the UBA, the department for ‘Emissions Situation’ is responsible for serving as the Single National Entity in accordance with Art. 5.1 of the Kyoto Protocol, and undertaking the planning, preparation and coordination of GHG inventories. The German GHG inventory system is considered good practice as it is an example for an efficient and comprehensive national GHG reporting system that has evolved over time and is based on extensive collaboration between and agreements among many different stakeholders. In addition, the Agency is in charge of coordinating the National Communications and the Biennial Reports of Germany to the UNFCCC.

Ad-hoc Facility:

Besides working with its individual partner countries, Information Matters offers support to additional countries upon request, under the frame of its flexible “Ad-hoc Facility”. Specific needs identified by countries in relation to BUR reporting and related MRV arrangements will be addressed through short-term activities, such as one-time capacity-building workshops or provision of expert advice/backstopping.


At the country level, the project is implemented in close cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme - Low Emission Capacity Building (UNDP-LECB) Programme, which aims to strengthen technical and institutional capacities of countries for developing GHG inventory management systems and for designing MRV systems of proposed actions and means to reduce GHG emissions. A close collaboration is also established with the respective GEF implementing agencies, UNDP and UNEP, for the preparation of national communications and BURs.
In addition, the project cooperates with other initiatives that contribute to strengthening capacities in developing countries for meeting the enhanced requirements for transparency under the Paris Agreement, in particular with the UNDP/UNEP Global Support Programme for National Communications and Biennial Update Reports (GSP), the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT), and the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT). Furthermore, the project benefits from a regular communication and information sharing with the UNFCCC secretariat, such as in the development of the project’s tools and products and their dissemination to a wider audience and beneficiaries.
Close contact with the aim to identify synergies in the field of GHG inventory and MRV support was also established with the Belgian Federal NDC Support Initiative.
IM further collaborates with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute on monitoring and reporting issues related to the project’s objective. In addition, the project is closely linked to the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement.

Knowledge Products:

To support implementation of the project in the partner countries and to disseminate experience and lessons learned more widely to a larger number of countries, a number of tools and guidance materials were developed under the project.

GIZ (2018): National benefits of climate reporting (EN|ES|FR)

The discussion paper highlights benefits countries can obtain through transparent and ambitious climate reporting and a robust and self-sustained MRV system, which go beyond the obvious benefit of fulfilling current and future reporting requirements under the UNFCCC. The discussion paper seeks to enhance the understanding of policy makers and other stakeholders as to why transparency and MRV for climate reporting has merits of its own, and how countries may tap such national benefits.

GIZ (2018): A brief history of the German national reporting system (EN)

This paper describes the development of Germany’s national climate change reporting system up to the present. It looks at important milestones shaping the development of the German system alongside international developments related to climate change reporting, particularly under the UNFCCC and provides lessons learned and experiences that could be useful for other countries in their efforts to establish a robust and self-sustaining MRV system.

GIZ (2018): BUR Process Guidance Tool (EN)

The BUR Process Guidance Tool has been developed to support countries in the process of preparing a BUR and undergoing the International Consultation and Analysis (ICA), while at the same time enhancing domestic MRV systems. It guides users through a six step process, helping to understand what the key steps are, what to consider when implementing those steps, and what the required potential time duration would be, taking into account specific national circumstances.

GIZ (2017): Stock Taking Tool (EN|FR)

An analytical tool that countries can apply to identify prioritised action for national MRV systems including mitigation pledge(s) in the context of nationally determined contributions (NDCs), nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) and low emission development strategies (LEDS).  Its aim is to guide countries in assessing the current national mitigation architecture and to provide an information basis for planning and implementing mitigation actions.

GIZ (2017): Biennial Update Report (BUR) Template (EN|ES|FR)

A template developed on the basis of the UNFCCC guidelines for the preparation of biennial update reports (UNFCCC decision 2/CP.17, annex III.). This template sets out a proposed BUR structure and provides guidance on how to present the required information, including using tables. It also contains guiding questions to assist in the drafting of the chapters. It further builds upon experience of the project partner countries and sharing of lessons learned at regional workshops, as well as from applying the Stock Taking Tool.

GIZ (2017): Guidance for setting up and enhancing national technical teams for GHG inventories in developing countries (EN|ES)

In a step-by-step process, the Guidance for setting up and enhancing national technical teams for GHG inventories in developing countries 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. Besides the step-by-step process, this paper provides additional guidance on strategies to support the sustainability of technical teams for GHG inventories.

GIZ (2017): Preparing for the ICA process: Required efforts and capacities needed (EN)

It aims to guide non-Annex I Parties in preparing for the International Consultation and Analysis (ICA) process under the UNFCCC, and shows what efforts and capacities might be required as part of their preparation.

GIZ (2017): Main findings of the first round of ICA for BURs (EN)

This document provides an analysis of the first Biennial Update Reports (BURs) from Non-Annex I Parties that have undergone at least the first step of the International Consultation and Analysis (ICA) process. It examines the completeness and the ambition of reporting in BURs, highlighting common challenges and the extent to which the reporting requirements have been adhered.

GIZ (2015): Good Practice Study on GHG-Inventories for the Waste Sector in Non-Annex I Countries (EN)

The study aims to provide comprehensive guidance to policy makers and practitioners in developing countries [Non-Annex I countries to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)] for the preparation of national greenhouse gas inventories for the waste sector by enhancing the understanding and demonstrating the application of the IPCC Guidelines. In addition, it analyses examples of good practices identified in several Non-Annex I countries.


All Information Matters documents:

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