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A Brief Report of the "Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia (WGIA)" and the "Open Symposium on Estimating the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions - How to Estimate Emissions within the Commitment Period"

July 22, 2008

The Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MoEJ) and the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) convened the "6th Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia (WGIA6)" on July 16 - 18 in Tsukuba, Japan. The workshop was attended by a total of 75 participants including the governments and research representatives of thirteen countries (Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao, P.D.R., Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam), in addition to the representatives of three international organizations (the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, the Technical Support Unit of the IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme (IPCC-NGGIP TSU), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)), and also members of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.EPA), the United States Department of State (U.S. DOS), the Embassy of France, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and the Regional Capacity Building Project for Sustainable National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management Systems in Southeast Asia (SEA Project).

At the "Open Symposium on Estimating the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions - How to Estimate Emissions within the Commitment Period", held on July 19th at the Tokyo International Forum following WGIA6, twelve speakers delivered presentations and gathered about 250 participants.

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