The Monitoring and Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Mitigation Potentials in Agriculture

Developing countries—where the agriculture sectors represent a key component of national economies and are also a driver of development— still possess limited capacity to monitor and report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions/removals. These countries need significant support to enhance their capacity in order to successfully address the reporting requirements of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and to design more informed policy decisions, like Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). Increased capacity will bolster the role of agriculture within new climate mechanisms and assist in the identification of incentives for international climate finance linked to sustainable rural development.

In this context, FAO supports countries in:

  • Building the required institutional arrangements for a sustainable National GHG Inventory
  • Enhancing the capacity to monitor and report emissions in agriculture
  • Improving the quality of information on emissions in agriculture
  • Increasing the visibility of agriculture in climate change policies
  • Providing a coherent interagency framework for capacity development

In order to share knowledge and achieve tangible results, FAO has organized ad-hoc capacity development activities and has developed a number of tools and resources.

These activities are implemented by the Monitoring and Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Mitigation Potential in Agriculture (MAGHG) and Mitigating Agriculture GHG Emissions Towards Wider Opportunities (MAGHG-2) project, funded by Norway and Germany.

last updated:  Wednesday, July 22, 2015