National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories are built to reflect a country’s total emissions of gases contributing to global warming and climate change. These inventories also show how much carbon dioxide (CO2) is being absorbed by forests. It is mandatory for all countries to regularly submit National GHG Inventories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement.
As part of the Paris Agreement, countries should implement actions to reverse climate change. In order to take stock of these actions globally, countries submit National GHG Inventories to understand the impact of their actions and identify where further emission reductions are still needed. In this way, National GHG Inventories are the foundational tool to assess the success of ongoing actions, determine what more is needed, and to understand and plan further climate change mitigation. Because a National GHG Inventory includes country’s forest sector, it is the basis for showing progress in REDD+ implementation and determining REDD+ results.
For the past 8 years, the CfRN has been providing technical support to rainforest nations to build capacity for preparing and submitting National GHG Inventories that follow the guidelines defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as decided by the United Nations. So far, countries across the world like Belize, Panama, Papua New Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo, among others, have successfully prepared inventories for the UNFCCC in order to transparently update the world around their success implementing and demonstrating REDD+ results.
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Forest conservation and restoration is one of the most cost-effective measures available for mitigating climate change. It will be an important route for countries to meet their national commitments (Nationally Determined Contributions) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
As well as tackling the source of climate change, wise agricultural stewardship and restoration of forest and farming lands has the benefit of helping people adapt to climate change impacts, too. For example, a well-forested watershed can temper the effects of heavy rainfall and curb flooding and erosion, enhancing access to freshwater and improving livelihoods.