UNDP Supports the Training of Technicians for the Inventory of Greenhouse Gases

Abias Huango, Focal Point of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Changes (UNFCCC) - Credit: Viera Aspirante/ANGOP

The Ministry of Environment with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is training technicians in public sectors for the preparation of the second national inventory of greenhouse gases (GHGs).

Officials from the Ministries of Environment, Energy and Water, Oil, Agriculture, Forestry, Industry in addition to private sector companies have been selected for theoretical and practical work in order to emphasize the importance of the document inserted in the Second National Communications, a tool created under the requirement of the United Nations under the Kyoto Protocol.

The course was held on Friday, December 6th, at the National Institute of Environmental Management, located in the new city of Kilamba-Kiaxi.

Highlights

  • The national inventory is one of the most important components of the National Communication strategy, as it is the basis for the preparation of future steps for the country.
  • The training focused on the 2006 guidelines of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes, which were developed in an evolutionary approach helping to ensure continuity and incorporate previous experiences while under the 1996 guidelines.

While speaking to reporters, the focal point of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Changes (UNFCCC), Abias Huongo, said the national inventory is one of the most important components of the National Communication strategy, as it is the basis for the preparation of future steps for the country.

"Angola has a national team for the implementation strategy of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol, with representatives from relevant sectors… This team will be strengthened within the objectives of the Second National Communication, based on the experiences presented by the First National Communication," stated Abias Huongo.

The national inventory of greenhouse gases focuses on the areas of energy and petroleum (fuel, energy, transport and biomass), manufacturing (main characteristics and existing industries), agriculture (farming in the country and its main characteristics), forest and deforestation (deforestation levels and production of firewood and charcoal).

Inventory is also focused on the waste within the production phase and waste management at the country level, as well as the sanitation system.

With the completion of the first step of the training, national capacity will be sought out to respond not only to the subsequent series of inventories of greenhouse gases, but also to contribute to the implementation of the national plan for emissions and other actions, with a plan to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases in the carbon market.

The training focused on the 2006 guidelines of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes, which were developed in an evolutionary approach helping to ensure continuity and incorporate previous experiences while under the 1996 guidelines.

Experts of the United Nations Development Programme for the environment sector also participated in this event.