Building MRV Standards and Capacity in Key Countries

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Program Overview

Developing countries will be required to measure, report, and verify (MRV) mitigation actions according to international guidelines, but few have the capacity to do so. The goal of this project is to build the capacity of a set of countries both to inform the design of those guidelines and to implement them at the national level. Our approach will be to define the features of a robust national MRV system; map current national and sectoral systems against those features; engage policy-makers (“top-down”) as well as the private sector and civil society (“bottom-up”) in national stakeholder groups to understand national needs and inform the design of national systems; and build capacity and support in key corporate sectors and civil society to adopt and implement national MRV systems. This "top-down - bottom-up" approach should not only assist in getting guidelines and standards in place, but also build support for the implementation of such guidelines.

The project is developing measures to record GHG emissions and reductions, making preparations for the introduction of a reliable MRV system in the target countries, and building the global competence needed to use it. The key local actors are exploring together how an MRV system can be supported at both national and international level. The project is working in different areas to do this: compiling surveys of national GHG output, applying existing methods for recording GHG emissions to policy measures, and developing methods for quantifying GHG reductions (using PAMs, for example). The project combines and refines different data acquisition systems. To gain a comprehensive picture of national requirements, it involves decision-makers in politics, business and civil society in the process. On this basis, the project develops instruments, case studies and recommendations that make it possible to establish a comprehensive MRV infrastructure in the target countries. To strengthen the MRV competence of national actors, the project provides training courses for all stakeholders based on the outcome of this work.


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