ICLEI SEAS supports GHG inventory training for ecotowns

ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) was commissioned as one of the resource institutions at the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Training-Workshop held in Mati City, Philippines, on 14-16 July 2015. The three-day training was part of the capacity building component of the project, TA-8493 PH: Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Critical Watersheds.

This project is jointly implemented by the Philippine Climate Change Commission (CCC) and Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), with support from the Asian Development Bank and the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction.

Training participants included technical staff from three local governments units (LGU) in the province of Davao Oriental in southern Philippines, namely Baganga, Boston, and Cateel, as well as representatives from the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental.

Representing ICLEI SEAS was Mr. Ranell Martin Dedicatoria, Regional Program Manager, who served as resource person for two training modules: 1) introduction to GHG inventory and 2) managing GHG inventory quality. In his discussion, he explained important concepts in conducting community-level GHG inventory based on the Global Protocol for Community-Scale GHG inventories (GPC). These concepts included sectors and GHGs to be accounted, selection of base year, and GHG accounting principles. Further, he highlighted that GHG emissions inventory can serve as basis for formulating plans and policies relating to climate change and low carbon development.

The training-workshop emphasized that while the three participating LGUs may be considered carbon sinks, it is equally important to account for GHG emissions in order to quantify the actual carbon removed from the atmosphere by forests. Dr. Teodoro Villanueva, TA 8493 Deputy Team Leader and professor at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), said that the LGUs should not merely account for its GHG emissions and removals but also look at how these can be managed.

Other topics and speakers during the workshop include:

  • Climate Change: Gleanings from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report, Dr. Juan M. Pulhin, UPLB
  • Climate Trends and Future Scenarios for the Philippines, Ms. Edna Juanillo, PAGASA
  • Initiatives of the Philippine Government in Addressing Climate Change, Mr. Alexis Lapiz, CCC
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID) GHG Inventory Tool, Ms. Marina Mallare and Ms. Jean Laurente, USAID Building Low Emission Alternatives to Develop Economic Resilience and Sustainability (B-LEADERS) Project
  • GHG Inventory for Forestry and Other Land Use Sector, Dr. Teodoro Villanueva, UPLB

TA-8493 PH is anchored on the CCC’s ecotown framework. The ecotown serves as implementation vehicle of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) at the local level and is a showcase of the convergence between adaptation and mitigation initiatives. An ecotown is a planning unit composed of municipalities or a group of municipalities located within and around boundaries of critical key biodiversity areas, which are at high risk to climate change.

On June 9-11, a similar training-workshop was organized in Los Baños under the same project. The June training included participants from the Lower Marikina cluster (Quezon City, Marikina City, Municipality of Cainta, Rizal) and Camarines Sur cluster (Naga City, municipalities of Milaor and San Fernando).

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Participants included technical staff from three local governments units (LGU) in the province of Davao Oriental in southern Philippines, namely Baganga, Boston, and Cateel, as well as representatives from the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental.
 
 
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