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36-month MRV scheme to enhance Burkina Faso’s climate plan implementation

Burkina Faso has commenced a project aimed at supporting the establishment of a national Measuring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) system that will ensure effective implementation of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso

Tagged “Development of a Measurement, Reporting and Verification System (MRV) in Burkina Faso”, the project is being funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and implemented by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).

The 36-month project is aimed at supporting Burkina Faso in meeting the requirements of the enhanced transparency framework under the Paris Agreement, by focusing specifically on the MRV of actions, which include both the mitigation and adaptation actions, undertaken by Burkina Faso to achieve the objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) convention. It will also provide clarity and monitor progress towards the achievement of the country’s NDCs.

The promoters believe that having a strong national MRV system will help Burkina Faso to achieve an integrated and robust GHG data system, as well as prepare for higher and more stringent reporting requirements of the Paris Agreement.

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Under the aegis of the Ministry of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change, a national consultation workshop on MRV was held in Ouagadougou from July 21 to 22, 2020 which brought together participants from over 30 national institutions.

At the workshop, the first results of the project were presented, even as the commitment, ownership, and buy-in of the various stakeholders at the national level were obtained. The project’s first results presented are organised around two documents: the first on the review of existing climate MRV systems and, the second, on the mapping of actors at the national level.

“All country especially developing countries have to establish a robust national MRV system in place for more transparency and accountability, and GGGI is pleased to support this transition,” said Dr. Malle Fofana, Country Representative of GGGI in Burkina Faso.

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“Sweden Embassy is keen to support Burkina Faso in this transition that allows the country to have more transparency,” reiterated Mr. Björkdahl representing the Sweden Embassy in Burkina Faso.

Two days of practical consultations were utilised to establish discussions between sectors and lay down the foundations for enhanced collaboration at the national level, as part of the establishment of the national climate MRV system. Two major events marked the first day of the consultation: (1) the presentation of the MRV (the concept, the components and the advantages for the country) and, (2) the presentation of the MRV project itself and its first results.

The second day of the consultation was devoted to group discussions, preceded by a detailed presentation on the Rapid Assessment first results. Four groups were formed to allow better exchanges and covering the different components of a national climate MRV system, namely: (1) Governance of the national MRV system, (2) production and supply of activity data, (3) provision of emission factors, and (4) support.

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After discussions, the different groups proceeded to formulate recommendations for the smooth running of the MRV project and the effectiveness of the Climate MRV in Burkina Faso.

The workshop ended with a reaffirmed commitment of all participants and actors to continue the collaboration and to maintain the exchanges for a robust and effective national climate MRV system in Burkina Faso.

The project is being implemented in collaboration with the General Directorate of Green Economy and Climate Change, the Permanent Secretary of the National Council for Sustainable Development (SP / CNDD) and the National Institute of Statistics and Development (INSD).

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