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Brief Report of the 12th Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia (WGIA12)

August 8, 2014

The Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MoEJ) and the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) convened the 12th Workshop on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories in Asia (WGIA12) from August 4 (Monday) to 6 (Wednesday), 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand.

The annual workshops have been held since 2003 in order to support non-Annex I (NAI) Parties in Asia to develop and improve their GHG inventories and to facilitate the enhancement of cooperative relationships towards improvement in the accuracy of national GHG inventories in the Asian region.

In this workshop, mutual learning sessions of GHG inventory were conducted and various themes related to GHG inventory, including procedure of Biennial Update Report (BUR) which NAI Parties should submit by the end of this year, were discussed. This workshop has succeeded in enhancing capacity-building on Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) and strengthening the network of Asian countries,

One hundred and twenty participants attended WGIA12 in total, including government and research representatives of fourteen countries (Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao P.D.R., Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam), in addition to representatives of the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Technical Support Unit of the IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (IPCC/TFI/TSU), the Regional Capacity Building Project for Sustainable National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management Systems in Southeast Asia (SEA GHG Project), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI), Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

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