MM04 Development of MRV Capacity Building Program in Myanmar

At a Glance

Strategic Outcomes SO1 Reduced GHG emission, SO4 Improved air quality, SO6 Enhanced adaptation to climate change
Start Date Q1  Jan 1 2019
End Date q1 Aug 31 2021
Funding Source Earmarked
Actual Budget (USD) 850,220
Budget Percentage 99%
Actual Expenditure (USD) 102,393
Status Active
GGGI Share (USD) 103,607
Poverty and Gender Policy Markers poverty, gender
Name of Client (Lead/Prime implementer if GGGI is part of a consortium) Aaron Russell
Participating Organization (Funding/donor) Australian Volunteers Program
Name of consortium members, if any Environmental Conservation Department, Australian Volunteers Program, United Nations Environment Program
Thematic Area
  • Cross Cutting
GGGI Project Code : MM04
Project Manager and Staff +
Siddhartha Nauduri

Senior Analyst, GHGs Data Measurement and Verification for Transparent MRV

Thinn Thinn Khaing

Associate, Myanmar Program

Maria Cecilia Paña

Senior Regional Program Officer, Asia at Global Green Growth Institute

Project Overview

Adoption of the Paris Agreement (2015) aims to provide a universal platform that fosters an opportunity to build the capacities needed for all Parties and stakeholders to mitigate and adapt to climate. Measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) is a central place under the Paris Agreement (PA), thus enhancing the requirements under the UNFCCC Convention. The enhanced transparency requirements for MRV were updated at COP 21 in Paris which adopted a comprehensive MRV framework applicable to all Parties to the PA. According to Article 13, paragraph 7 of the Paris Agreement, each party shall regularly provide a national inventory report of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of GHGs, as well as information necessary to track progress made in implementing and achieving its nationally determined contributions (NDC). Paragraph 91 of the decision text adopting the Paris Agreement clarified that developing countries shall submit national GHG inventory information no less frequently than on a biennial basis. Parties are expected to submit the next round of NDCs by 2020 and every five years thereafter. MRV rulebook for transparency requirements under the Paris Agreement have been formalized (except for concurrence on Article 6 mechanisms), and the essential building blocks of MRV systems including establishing institutional arrangements, data management systems, and building capacities remain the same.

In preparation of GGGI’s mandate to build an MRV system for Myanmar’s NDC requirements, in 2017, GGGI conducted in-house assessment of Myanmar MRV capacity which examined its current institutional arrangements, data management systems, and capacity – the basis for an MRV system. The status report identified that there are five working groups formed in Myanmar for its second national communication (SNC), but institutional arrangements among the concerned Ministries are not formalized. There also needs to be a data management system to set up and managed by an expert responsible for the data with a clear mandate and timelines to follow. The status report concluded that all those involved in the NDC require a series of tailored training-MRV capacity building programs consisting of in-country workshops/trainings, followed up by non-internet based virtual training with practical guidance documents reinforcing the training programs need to be developed and implemented. Starting in 2018, GGGI embarked on a 3-phase course for developing the national MRV systems for Myanmar. GGGI’s MRV project is composed of three phases in accordance with what is required for GHG emissions MRV system to become fully operational: 

  • Planning: the planning of MRV scheme 
  • Implementation (Development): the preparation of data system and the development of reporting template and module; and  
  • Operation (Management): the management of MRV with Quality Control (QC) and/or Quality Assurance (QA). 

Under the first phase the national MRV system scope, legal requirements enabling its implementation and the required institutional arrangements would be setup and providing top level data collection and recording methodologies. Under phase two, the detailed methodological guidelines, data and information collecting tools and methodologies, appropriate data recording and retrieving mechanism would be setup. This stage would cover all the IPCC 2006 sectors. Once these systems have been setup, the final phase will begin where more detailed advice and data collection support will be provided during the operation of the MRV system. 

The objectives of the project are to develop  

  • National and Sectoral MRV systems development IPPU, Waste and AFOLU (focusing on agriculture). 
  • MRV capacity training program 
  • CBIT proposal development and Project Preparation Phase 

This project is aligned with IO1. Strengthened national, sub-national and local green growth planning, financing and institutional frameworks, IO3. Improved multi-directional knowledge sharing and learning to empower local and external agents necessary to drive green growth processes in partner governments. 

Project Impacts, Outcomes and Outputs

Impact: The country is better able to accurately, transparently, and consistently measure its greenhouse gas emissions, identify priority sectors, mitigation opportunities, set targets, prioritize them and measure progress towards them. 

Outcome: N/A 

Project Outputs completed in 2019: MRV Energy Sub-sector Report 

i. Green Growth Policies: N/A

ii. Green Investments: N/A

iii. Capacity Building and Knowledge Products:

  • Total of 2 Capacity building activities in the form of workshops for government officials on the AFOLU (agriculture) and IPPU sectors  
  • Report on developing sectoral MRV systems in Myanmar for IPPU & AFOLU Sectors 
  • Development of CBIT proposal 

iv. Implementing Partners

  • Environmental Conservation Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation
  • Forest Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation
  • Ministry of Electricity and Energy
  • Ministry of Industry