Data compilation needs improvement to complete GHG Inventory

The compilation of data needs to be improved in order to complete the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory (NGHGI) for Papua New Guinea.

This was revealed at a workshop in Port Moresby to revise the work done so far on a complete quality assurance process of the GHG estimations in PNG.

The workshop was facilitated by the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and attended by officers from the agriculture and land-use sector.

The Government of PNG, through CCDA in partnership with the FAO, is working to complete the GHG estimations from the Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Uses (AFOLU) sector to form the NGHGI.

PNG is among many countries under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that rectified the Paris Agreement and must report on their status on the NGHGI.

AFOLU sector is a key source of greenhouse gas emissions for PNG.

PNG is a country with still considerable extensions of forest resources with around 33 million hectares of forest, about 75 percent of total country area and around 1.2 million hectares of agricultural area.

Land use, land use change and forest (LULUCF) expert from FAO, Esther Mertens said there must be support to data compilation of the NGHGI from both public and private sector.

Mertens highlighted at the workshop that compilation of existing data in the AFOLU sector needs improvements.

She added that there must be a clear understanding of institutional set up and capacity assessment of challenges and opportunities of data compilation.

She said MoU arrangement particularly from private sector is vital.

(Picture courtesy of ALERT Conservation- Rainforests being cleared for oil palm) 

Quintina Naime