Since July 2016, the Information Matters project offered technical support to the Georgian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture (MEPA), by developing a high-level strategy for 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 tailored to MEPA’s specific needs and preferences.
Overall, IM provided support through capacity-building workshops in the following areas:
- Institutional and legal set-up of a national MRV system
- Technical capacity building in the use of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines on National GHG Inventories for all sectors and in particular for the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sectors
- MRV of mitigation actions
- Validation of the draft proposal on a national MRV system
- Data collection and management and QA/QC for GHG inventories
- Support for the preparation of Georgia’s participation at the International Consultation and Analysis (ICA) Process
- Technical review of Georgia’s draft GHG inventory
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, highlighting 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.
Georgia submitted its second BUR and its NIR to the UNFCCC in June 2019.