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Ecuador, Georgia biennial reports under scrutiny at year-end forum

The seventh technical analysis of biennial update reports (BURs) from developing country Parties was convened in Bonn, Germany, from 5 to 9 December, the final round in 2016. These reports are submitted by developing countries every two years, showing their actions in tackling climate change and support received to undertake them, as well as outlining associated challenges and constraints in implementing these actions.

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The technical analysis of the BURs was coordinated by the UNFCCC secretariat

During this latest round, two BURs, from Ecuador and Georgia, submitted between 21 June and 21 September, were analysed by a 10-man strong bilingual (English and Spanish) team of technical experts (TTE). The team included two experts on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), who conducted the technical analysis of Ecuador’s annex on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD-plus).

The technical analysis was coordinated by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat, which will also support both the TTE and the country Parties in the preparation and publication of the final summary reports. These reports will capture the outcome of the technical analysis, including capacity-building needs which were identified in consultation with the Parties analysed, with the aim of enhancing their participation in the technical analysis and facilitating more transparent reporting in the BURs.

The summary reports, once published, will serve as input to the facilitative sharing of views (FSV) workshop, organised under the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), where the developing country or countries concerned give a brief presentation on their BUR, followed by oral questions and answers among Parties.

Technical analysis and the facilitative sharing of views are the two steps defined under the international consultation and analysis (ICA) process for developing countries, the objective of which is to increase the transparency of mitigation actions and their effects.

Additional information on the technical analysis of BURs, including the published summary reports, are available here.

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