Capacity Development

The main goal of the capacity development activities is to enhance the ability of Member Countries to assess and report GHG emissions from the agriculture, forestry and other land use sector. The core activities have focused on enhancing country ownership and leadership, supporting a process of learning and change, and improving existing national capacities.

Initially, capacity development activities followed a regional approach, which aimed to identify needs from countries, and subsequently moved to the sub-regional and national level. Activities are focused on:

  • Facilitating national processes in support of institutional arrangements;
  • providing guidance on national data processes and advancing agricultural datasets;
  • providing technical assistance for the development of a tier 1 national GHG inventory;
  • supporting quality assurance processes

Capacity development activities have laid the foundation to generate data and knowledge that are instrumental in achieving these objectives.

Through its capacity development activities, FAO promotes complementarity and exploits synergies internally and externally with international agencies and initiatives such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN REDD Programme, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). A collaborative approach that brings expertise of the above mentioned partners can improve the effectiveness of the support provided to countries and minimize duplication of efforts for the AFOLU sector.

Activities of CD are listed below by level:

Regional level
The regional approach aims to raise awareness, assess country needs & priorities and facilitate dialogue between Agricultural National Statistical Agencies, including Ministries of Agriculture, and Bureaus responsible for national GHG reporting. A series of regional workshops were organised in the context of the FAO Commission on Agricultural Statistics, which has endorsed the project activities. (Click to read more)
Africa
Third FAO workshop on statistics for greenhouse gasemissions, 02 Dec 2013 - 03 Dec 2013, Casablanca, Morocco
Asia
Inception Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics, 05 Oct 2012 - 06 Oct 2012, Da Lat, Viet Nam
Latin America and Caribbean
Second Workshop on Statistics for Greenhouse Gas Emissions 03 Jun 2013 - 04 Jun 2013, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
 
Sub-Regional
The sub-regional approach aims to join efforts with relevant regional initiatives in support of GHG emissions reporting, such as the REDD+ Project for Strengthening South - South Cooperation and the UNFCCC Capacity Development Framework Project in West Africa. (Click to read more)
Mesoamerica
South-East Asia
West Africa
 
National level
The national approach aims to support national GHG emission inventories, which are instrumental for national processes such as the Biennial Update Reports (BURs), the National Communications and the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). (Click to read more)
Colombia
A quality assurance process to improve the national GHG emission inventory for the AFOLU sector is underway. 
Costa Rica
As a follow up to the Second Workshop on Statistics for GHG emissions, the institutional arrangements and national data processes were facilitated to improve data collection for the national GHG emission inventory.
Ecuador
A joint UN-REDD workshop was organised to support capacity development activities for the preparation of the national GHG emission inventory for the Agriculture and Land Use, Land Use change and Forestry (LULUCF) sectors. Remote technical support was also provided.
Indonesia
To support climate responsible peatland management, a project proposal was prepared in collaboration with national institutions to strengthen the country’s capacity for activity data collection and GHG estimation.
Mexico
As a follow up to the Mesoamerican workshop, a quality assurance process to improve the national GHG emission inventory for the AFOLU sector was undertaken.
Paraquay
A joint UN-REDD workshop was organised to support capacity development activities for the preparation of the national GHG emission inventory for the Agriculture and LULUCF sectors.
Uruguay
 As a follow up to the Mesoamerican workshop, a series of webinars were provided on the FAOSTAT Emissions database and the AFOLU Emissions analysis tools.
last updated:  Wednesday, July 8, 2015