The Information Matters project was carried out from May 2013 to June 2019. While the project has ended, all information on the activities as well as documents and tools developed within the project remain available below.

However, the Ad-hoc Facility for Transparency is being continued and at the countries’ disposal through the newly created Climate Helpdesk Service. For further information please click here.

The Information Matters project provided capacity-building and technical support to seven selected partner countries within the period of 2013 and 2019 and to 14 further countries via its Ad-hoc Facility between 2017 and 2019 on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) under the framework of the International Climate Initiative (IKI).

PROJECT PHASES

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 third phase (2018-2019), the project provided support to 14 additional countries under its flexible Ad-hoc Facility and continued to provide further support to the partner countries of the 2nd phase. Experiences and lessons learnt from its implementation as well as guidance materials and tools have been and will be widely disseminated to interested users. Find out more on the countries and support topics here.

The Information Matters project has completed its final phase in June 2019. However, the Ad-hoc Facility continues its activities in the framework of the Climate Helpdesk of the Transparency Partnership, the NDC Cluster and the LEDS Global Partnership. More information on the Climate Helpdesk can be found here.

 

- 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFIaEp_Ps_8

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHt3S-Mush4

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: https://www.transparency-partnership.net/documents-tools/webinar-establecimiento-y-mejora-de-equipos-tecnicos-nacionales-para-los-ingei-en

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGWNvCjS3iY

- Summary reports of the first and second project phases

- Peer to peer and regional workshop reports

 

CONTACT

For questions please contact info@transparency-partnership.net

 

 

 

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