FAO-IPCC-IFAD report documents how FAO statistics on Greenhouse Gas Emissions help countries address their international reporting requirements

Rome, 30 September 2015

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) published the report: Emerging Activities to Combat Climate Change – Use of FAO Data and IPCC GHG Inventory Guidelines for Agriculture and Land Use

The FAO-IPCC-IFAD report summarizes the findings of a joint workshop held at FAO Headquarters on 13-14 November 2014. It provides information on access and use of FAO data and analysis tools for Agriculture, Forestry, and other Land Use (AFOLU), in support of national reporting processes under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including greenhouse gas inventories, Biennial Update Reports, and national mitigation planning. Furthermore, the report usefully highlights country needs for new data and guidance for monitoring, reporting and verification of emerging activities in agriculture, forestry and land use, aimed at combating climate change in coming decades.

The FAOSTAT Emission Database for agriculture and land use, providing a time series of emission estimates and activity data statistics by country, is specifically highlighted in the FAO-IPCC-IFAD report as a key reference for the development of national emission inventories, providing inventory compilers in member countries with a robust, transparent, internationally comparable set of data for national, regional and global trend analysis. A recent IPCC Expert Meeting on AFOLU (Sao Paulo, Brazil, Jul 13-16) also identified the FAOSTAT Emission database as a useful tool in support of reporting needs under the climate convention.

Specific FAO capacity development activities on improving greenhouse gas statistics at national and regional level, such as those in West Africa in cooperation with UNFCCC and other partners, use the data and tools highlighted in the FAO-IPCC-IFAD report to support experts in member countries identify critical data gaps, highlight key needs for improving national statistical data and enhance national statistical systems.

Climate change-relevant statistics, including emission estimates and their underlying activity data, are increasingly used by FAO in the development of the System of Economic and Environmental Accounting for agriculture, forestry and fisheries (SEEA-Agriculture), in order to better assess and measure, through appropriate indicators, member countries’ achievements towards sustainable food and agriculture systems.

The FAO activities that led to the FAO-IPCC-IFAD report benefited from extensive collaborations at FAO, with coordination by NRC and ESS. Norway provided significant funding for the workshop, under the project Monitoring and Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Mitigation Potentials in Agriculture