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NEWS: FAO’s online courses help countries to prepare for Enhanced Transparency Framework 

Sustainable, reliable national greenhouse gas inventories are essential for assessing countries’ progress towards the goals of the Paris Agreement. The Transparency Team of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is developing a series of online courses that support countries to produce their greenhouse gas inventories under the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF). The e-learning courses are a collaborative effort between the FAO and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to strengthen the institutional and technical capacities of national entities in the transition towards using the Framework.

So far, three courses have been developed. They are available to all interested climate experts, especially those tasked with the preparation of national greenhouse gas inventories. The first course “Preparing a greenhouse gas inventory under the Enhanced Transparency Framework” provides an overview of reporting requirements under the Framework, together with basic steps for preparing a greenhouse gas inventory.

The next two courses provide practical guidance on estimating emissions and removals from the agriculture and land use sectors.

By covering fundamental concepts and providing step-by-step exercises, these courses allow users to understand the Enhanced Transparency Framework process. Participants apply their new knowledge in simulations, as they advance through the courses.

Explore the courses:

  1. Preparing a greenhouse gas inventory under the Enhanced Transparency Framework
  2. The national greenhouse gas inventory for agriculture
  3. The national greenhouse gas inventory for land use

Two further courses are under development, focusing on estimating “Uncertainty in emissions/removals in agriculture, forestry and land use” and “Greenhouse gas emissions from livestock at tier 2”.

To keep updated, visit the FAO’s tools and resources page.


Image: studying forest maps (Peru), courtesy CIFOR


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