Better measurement of Greenhouse gas in Belize Print E-mail
( 2 Votes )
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00

The National Climate Change Office (NCCO) has embarked on a capacity-building program to enhance Belize’s measurement and management of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions with diverse sectors. The trainings are designed to equip participants with knowledge and skills in reporting under the international Paris Agreement to which Belize has committed. At the end of the training, the overall aim will be to improve the quality tracking, reporting, and calculating of Belize’s greenhouse gas emission.

Training began on Monday, July 9, 2018 and will last until the end of the week. The five-day training consists of interactive sessions for participants to identify the scope of GHG reporting platforms as well as cross-cutting and sector strategies for strengthening the quality of Belize’s GHG Management System.

At the opening of the training, Dr. Lennox Gladden, Chief Climate Change Officer, welcomed participants by highlighting the role of sector-specific agencies in GHG emissions management system. He noted that the training will boost the technical capacity of various sectors for Belize to better understand the GHG issues, identify collaborative opportunities and formalize greenhouse gas emissions data collection system to improve Belize’s national communication on Climate Actions.

Ms. Diane Wade-Moore, UNDP Environmental Programme Analyst, added that the participants represent a core capacity for monitoring, reporting and verification, and is tangible evidence of Belize’s move towards the next phase of mitigation management.  Recognizing that Belize is one of the most vulnerable countries to the effects of Climate Change, both Gladden and Wade-Moore echoed the urgency for Belize to emphasize more science-based emissions data, identify and address data collection challenges and formalize a data collection system to better track our emissions and our national climate actions.

GHG Protocol experts of the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute from Washington D.C. will facilitate the sessions over the next few days, covering introductions to the Data Quality and Management Systems, Quality Control and Quality Assurance procedures, best practices to prepare a more transparent and credible greenhouse gas inventory, which is a key tool for understanding the origin and magnitude of Belize’s emissions.

Following this training, participants will engage in online webinar training to understand the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines on methodologies to estimate GHG emissions and on the components of the GHG Inventory Preparation and procedures.  Participants will later engage in more sector-specific courses, particularly for Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use, Industrial Processes & Product Use, Waste, and Energy.

Twenty participants from Department of the Environment, Forest Department, Lands and Surveys Department, Energy Unit, Solid Waste Management Authority, Agriculture Department, National Climate Change Office staff, as well as Private Sector representatives, are participating in the training.