Experts from the USAID Low Emissions Asian Development (LEAD) program, in cooperation with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), trained country teams from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam on international best practices for sustainable national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory systems from July 21-23, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The three-day workshop for 35 participants was the second in a series of regional trainings on GHG inventory systems that are building capabilities and knowledge of staff from a cross-section of government ministries and agencies on elements of robust national GHG inventory systems − including data collection and measurement, quality control, archiving, and institutional arrangements.

Representatives from each country also provided updates on progress since the last training session in April 2014, and developed action plans for making improvements in their respective national GHG inventory systems based on guidance and computer-based worksheets developed by the USEPA. High quality national GHG inventories serve as an essential foundation for effective climate change action by providing accurate, detailed, and complete information on GHG emission sources and sinks over time.

Source: USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update