Georgia first country in the region to ensure creation of accessible, transparent and available climate data to meet the Paris Agreement's enhanced transparency requirements
Officials of the Government of Georgia and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and members of civil society and private sector participated in the inception workshop to mark the formal launching of the three year and half project entitled: “Georgia’s Integrated Transparency Framework for Implementation of the Paris Agreement” (ITF) The project is initiated by the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, funded by the Global Environmental Facility. The project will be implemented by the UN Environment Programme and the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus in Georgian municipalities that have already signed the New Covenant of Mayors for Energy and Climate.
The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the project implementation and consolidate among other technical aspects, the importance of the participation of various stakeholders during the project cycle.
In total, around 60 participants from more than 20 organizations including representatives from the Government line departments, civil society, private sector and the UNEP participated in the workshop.
The project aims to advance the climate related data management system through the support of the vertical integration in order to meet the Paris Agreement’s enhanced transparency framework requirements. The ITF is one of the projects approved under the GEF's Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) - a new trust fund, which supports countries' implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The project envisages technical assistance and tailored capacity strengthening activities for municipalities in elaboration the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) and monitoring reports.
As a second component, project includes utilization of an improved National GHG inventory system with a data management system on agriculture, industry, waste, and F-gases.
What is more, achievement of Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) goals will be supported and implementation of mitigation measures will be assessed through the development of NDC tracking systems.
The event also included survey on the views of beneficiaries’ and stakeholders about the climate change policy engagement at both local and national levels.