Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme

Uruguay

Uruguay requested FAO support to improve its capacity in assessing emissions in the agriculture and land use sectors. FAO provided support in the following areas: 

  • Strengthening of the institutional set-up
  • Familiarization with the FAOSTAT emissions database and its features
  • Familiarization with the AOFLU emissions analysis tools
  • Facilitation of a dialogue on the status of National Communications (NCs) and BURs (Biennial Update Reports) 

The process benefited both parties. FAO strengthened Uruguay’s institutional set-up by providing a neutral platform for discussion and exchange, which also served as a foundation for further dialogue on the status of National Communications (NCs) and Biennial Update reports (BURs). The MICCA programme provided practical sessions with hands-on training on the FAOSTAT Emissions database and AFOLU Emission Analysis Tools. As a result, Uruguay is now using the FAOSTAT Emissions database for BUR preparation and for its fourth National Communication. Additionally, Uruguay expressed interest in FAO’s continued support on a QA of the BUR, with the objective of following the principles of transparency, accuracy, consistency, comparability and completeness in its inventory submissions. 

FAO valued this opportunity to collect useful feedback from country experts on the accessibility and completeness of the FAOSTAT Emissions database and AFOLU Emissions Analysis tools. It allows improvements to be made on these products in the future. 

For further information, please refer to Enhancing countries capacity for UNFCCC reporting processes for the AFOLU sector: Uruguay.

2016: Uruguay has requested additional support for quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) of data in the preparation of the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory (NGHGI) for the AFOLU sector (agriculture and LULUCF), as well as in transitioning to the 2006 IPCC guidelines. In October 2016, a technical meeting took place in Uruguay to analyse the updated FAO ad-hoc tool for the QA/QC. The analysis of each category within the NGHGI showed a large margin of improvement, to which FAO will offer support through an inventory review report. A meeting open to a larger number of stakeholders (Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Industry and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Office of Planning and Budget, National Institute for Agricultural Research, National Meat Institute, and University of Agriculture) took also place at the ministry of agriculture aimed to raise awareness on the GHG inventory processes. The fruitful discussion highlighted the need for an improvement of the institutional arrangements and of the collaboration between statistical offices and NGHGI compilers.