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In the context of the Information Matters project, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH provides capacity-building and technical support to partner countries on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) under its International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Information Matters project aims at strengthening the partner countries’ in-country capacities for enhanced reporting under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 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).


Country-tailored workshops, trainings and expert advice:

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 BURs and greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories are identified, prioritized and addressed through tailored in-country capacity-building workshops and trainings. These 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 on a continuous basis.

Given that MRV systems will provide an important basis for the Enhanced Transparency Framework under the Paris Agreement, the support provided by the Information Matters project also helps its partner countries to prepare for future transparency requirements.

Areas of support:

National MRV system


  • Institutional arrangements

  • Identification of roles and responsibilities

  • Systematisation and formalisation of existing structures

Climate change data management


  • Arrangements for systematic data and information flows
  • National data management systems

National GHG inventory


  • Institutional arrangements
  • GHG inventory trainings on all IPCC sectors, including application of IPCC Software
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) and estimation of uncertainties
  • Project-internal expert review of national GHG inventories
  • Feedback and identification of possible improvements

BUR preparation and International Consultation and Analysis (ICA)


  • UNFCCC reporting requirements and principles
  • BUR preparation, including on specific BUR chapters
  • Project-internal expert review on draft BUR, including identification of possible improvements
  • Preparation for the ICA process

Peer-to-peer exchange:

Sharing ‘lessons learned’ and facilitating knowledge transfer on good practices through South-to-South exchange is another key element of the project’s approach. The peer-to-peer exchanges, e.g. in the form of workshops, allow the involved institutions of all partner countries to exchange experiences in overcoming challenges, to build networks and to strengthen their capacities at the institutional and national level.

Knowledge products, tools, trainings and webinars:

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:

- Knowledge products on MRV and Stock Taking Tool

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

The discussion paper highlights possible benefits that 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. It further 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. Click here for more information and for download

GIZ (2018): A brief history of the German national reporting system on climate change (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. Click here for more information and for download 

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

An analytical tool that countries can apply to identify and prioritize 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. Click here for more information and for download

- Guidance materials on BURs

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 their 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. Click here for more information and for download

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 in the form of tables. Guiding questions assist the users in the drafting of the chapters. The template was developed based on the experiences of the project partner countries and lessons learned at regional workshops, as well as from applying the Stock Taking Tool. Click here for more information and for download

- Guidance and good practice study on GHG-inventories

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

Using a step-by-step approach, 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. It illustrates how countries can set up or enhance national technical teams for the preparation and reporting of GHG inventories on a regular basis within a national system of GHG inventories. In addition to the step-wise approach, it provides additional guidance on strategies to support the sustainability of technical teams for GHG inventories. Click here for more information and for download

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

The study provides comprehensive guidance to policy makers and practitioners in developing countries on the preparation of national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories for the waste sector. It aims to enhance the understanding on the specific challenges encountered in this sector, and demonstrates the application of the IPCC Guidelines as well as analyses examples of good practices identified in several developing country Parties. Click here for more information and for download

- Guidances concerning the International Consultation and Analysis (ICA) process

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

This guidance aims to assist developing countries  in preparing for the International Consultation and Analysis (ICA) process, illustrating what efforts and capacities might be required as part of their preparation. Click here for more information and for download

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

This paper 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. Click here for more information and for download

- Trainings

Training on GHG inventories and mitigation options in the waste sector

The GIZ projects Information Matters and Concepts for sustainable solid waste management and circular economy have developed a training concept with the aim to support the improvement of GHG emissions estimates for the waste sector and to facilitate the identification of emission reduction policies and measures. Click here for more information and for download

- Webinars

Emission Inventory in the Transport Sector

The webinar Emission Inventory in the Transport Sector aims to give an overview on theoretic approaches and international best practice examples for developing GHG emission inventories in the transport sector.

The webinar enables to distinguish between different inventory models and involved actors, to understand the role of bottom-up GHG inventory approaches and to make the first steps towards their development. It provides information on basic data requirements, structure and benefits of bottom-up GHG inventories, discusses hands-on experiences from Vietnam and outlines how bottom-up data can be used for Measuring, Reporting & Verification (MRV) of measures.

This webinar, held on 16th of March 2017, is a joint product of the GIZ projects Advancing Transport Climate Strategies (TraCS) and Information Matters and the recording can be watched here:

BUR Process Guidance Tool

This webinar illustrates the application of the BUR Process Guidance Tool developed under the Information Matters project. The tool guides users through the Biennial Update Report (BUR) preparation and the International Consultation and Analysis (ICA) process. During the webinar the developers of the tool explain its use and functions and share first country experiences in applying the tool. While the webinar is primarily addressed at countries that are still in the process of developing their first BUR, the webinar is of interest to everyone interested in the tool. The recording of the webinar, held on 27th of October 2016, can be watched here:

Establecimiento y mejora de equipos técnicos nacionales para los INGEI en América Latina

El día 28 de noviembre de 2017 tuvo lugar un webinar sobre el establecimiento y mejora de equipos técnicos nacionales para los INGEI en América Latina. El webinar tuvo como objetivo presentar la Guía para el Establecimiento y la Mejora de Equipos Técnicos Nacionales para los Inventarios de Gases de Efecto Invernadero en Países en Desarrollo, desarrollada bajo el marco del proyecto BMUB-IKI Information Matters implementado por la GIZ.

El webinar fue desarrollado conjuntamente por GIZ, el programa GSP de PNUD/PNUMA y la RedINGEI.

Los participantes al webinar aprendieron acerca del uso y funciones de la guía, las actividades de la RedINGEI y conocieron de primera mano la experiencia de Chile en el establecimiento de un equipo técnico nacional de INGEI.

Puede acceder la grabación del webinar aquí:

Support for the compilation of GHG inventories and identification of                  mitigation options in the waste sector

This webinar, held on 18th of September 2018, aims to introduce the “training on the compilation of GHG inventories and identification of mitigation options in the waste sector” developed by two GIZ projects (Information Matters and Sector Project Concepts for sustainable solid waste management and circular economy) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Main target audience of the webinar are staff of government and/or national research institutions involved in data collection, measuring and reporting GHG emissions and in the identification and planning of emission reduction policies and measures in the waste sector.

Webinar participants will learn about the four core modules of the training, how trainings are conducted with experiences from Ghana and Colombia, and how to apply for the training.

The recording of the webinar can be watched here:

- Summary reports of the first and second project phases

- Peer to peer and regional workshop reports


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.


Besides working with its individual partner countries, Information Matters offers ad-hoc support to additional countries upon request, under the frame of its flexible “Ad-hoc Facility”. The “Ad-hoc Facility” addresses specific needs as identified by the respective countries in relation to the preparation of BURs and related MRV arrangements.

Support under the “Ad-hoc Facility” is provided through targeted short-term activities (with a volume of up to 25.000€), such as one-time capacity-building workshops or provision of expert advice/backstopping. It is targeted primarily at African countries, Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) but is also open for other applications. So far, Information Matters conducted ad-hoc activities in 14 countries. Find out more on the countries and support topics here.

How to apply for ad-hoc support


To receive ad-hoc assistance, the national entity responsible for climate change reporting under the UNFCCC (such as a Ministry of Environment or a Climate Change Commission) should send a request for support via email to the project manager, Mr. Klaus Wenzel (

The request should ideally include a short concept note (1-2 pages), stating the national background, the specific area of support and a suggested format and time frame. The request will then be processed by the Information Matters project team and the concept note will be forwarded to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) for approval.

A template to assist countries in preparing the short concept note is available here for download 


Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement

The project cooperates closely with the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement on its international efforts to engage countries in exchanges and political dialogue on climate transparency.

German Environment Agency (UBA)

The Information Matters project fosters the exchange and transfer of knowledge and technical expertise between the German Environment Agency (UBA) and the participating 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 developing the National Communications and the Biennial Reports of Germany to the UNFCCC under the coordination of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

UNDP and UN Environment

At the country level, the Information Matters project is implemented in close cooperation with the respective GEF implementing agencies for the preparation of National Communications and BURs, i.e. UNDP and UN Environment, especially on activities that aim to strengthen the countries´ technical and institutional capacities on GHG inventories, designing MRV systems and identifying actions to reduce GHG emissions.

UNDP/UN Environment GSP, ICAT and CBIT

In addition, the project cooperates with other initiatives that aim to strengthen capacities in developing countries for the enhanced transparency requirements under the Paris Agreement, in particular with the UNDP/UN Environment 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).

UNFCCC secretariat

The Information Matters project benefits from a regular communication and information sharing with the UNFCCC Secretariat, such as in the development of the project’s knowledge tools and products and their dissemination to a wider scope of beneficiaries. The Secretariat and GIZ have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on enhanced cooperation on 3 July 2018, which will lead to additional common activities and improved coordination.

Belgian Federal NDC Support Initiative

The Information Matters project maintains close contact with the Belgian Federal NDC Support Initiative, in order to identify synergies when providing support on matters related to MRV and GHG inventories.

WRI and GHG Management Institute

Information Matters collaborates with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute on monitoring and reporting issues related to the project’s objective.


Project Manager:

Mr. Klaus Wenzel (


Ms. Isabela Santos (

Country Coordinator Colombia, Georgia and Viet Nam:

Mr. Oscar Zarzo (

Coordinator Ad-hoc Facility and Outreach Knowledge Products:

Ms. Catarina Tarpo (


Photo credits of all workshop pictures on this website: GIZ and Ricardo Energy and Environment