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Belize to Conduct Internal Review of Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management System Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

A workshop to train locally nominated experts to become reviewers for future green house gas inventory reports is ongoing at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. The full week of training is being sponsored by the United Nations Framework for Climate Change Secretariat and involves key personnel from different Ministries and Sectors, both Government and Non-Government. On Monday representatives from the various sectors such as energy, agriculture, land and forestry gave local presentations to give an idea of Belize’s previous inventory reports.

“These reports, they are not just national reports signed and stamped, they are national documents that are subject to questioning. How did you arrive at these figures? How are the calculations made? The methods used, and so the purpose of the rest of the week is for them to review our third national communication and at the same time train the experts here how to review, how to prepare and review other reports. So on a Regional level after this training the personnel here would be in a better position to review other Nation’s reports at the Regional level,” says Brittany Meighan, Climate Change Mitigation Officer operating from Belize’s Climate Change Center.

In doing this voluntary exercise, Belize becomes the second country in the World (after Mozambique) to build capacity in peer revision of greenhouse gas reports. Belize has previously submitted greenhouse gas inventory reports. Another greenhouse inventory report is coming up towards the end of the year; so that should be submitted along with Belize’s first biennial updated report. Such a report is in keeping with Belize’s obligation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC.

A press release from the Ministry of Sustainable Development notes that Belize is strengthening its capacity to establish and apply quality assurance and quality control of its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Management system through the support of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat.

Through this initiative, Belize will complete its first-ever in-country voluntary quality assurance of a national inventory system and national inventory report from a non-Annex I Party from the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

As part of the initial exercise, Belize’s national GHG inventory team will partake in the scientific peer review of Belize’s GHG inventory management process. This internal review is a crucial step for Belize’s inventory compilation team.  It allows Belize to assess its own GHG inventory process and determine if their emission’s calculation methods meet international guidelines.

According to Hon. Omar Figueroa, Minister of State in the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the environment and Sustainable Development, this exercise will not only allow Belize to accurately compile emissions data, which is core to national reporting, but it is fundamental for Belize to produce its improvement plan for future inventory preparation cycles.

During their visit to Belize, members of the UN - Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC), led by Mr. Dominique Revet, Valentina Slivinska of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and Paulo Cornejo of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), are expected to discuss other quality assurance and quality control mechanisms with the Belize’s GHG inventory team.