"BUILDING ARMENIA’S NATIONAL TRANSPARENCY FRAMEWORK UNDER PARIS AGREEMENT” Project Launched

"BUILDING ARMENIA’S NATIONAL TRANSPARENCY FRAMEWORK UNDER PARIS AGREEMENT” Project Launched

On May 7, 2021, the inaugural workshop of UNDP/GEF project "BUILDING ARMENIA’S NATIONAL TRANSPARENCY FRAMEWORK UNDER PARIS AGREEMENT" took place.

In accordance with Article 13, paragraphs 7-10 of the Paris Agreement, the Government of the Republic of Armenia, as a signatory, undertakes to provide regular information on the reports on National GHG Emissions Cadastre, NDC progress reports, adaptation actions, management of the support received. The implementing partner is Environment Ministry, GEF Implementing Agency is UNDP in Armenia. Total Funding of Project is USD 1.560.000, out of which Global Environment Facility (GEF) - USD 990.000, RA Ministry of Environment - USD 400.000 and UNDP in Armenia - USD 170.000. The project duration is 3 years.

During the workshop, Diana Harutyunyan, UNDP Climate Change Program Coordinator, emphasized that the goal of the Project is to make the indicators more reliable, to exclude inconsistencies and differences in the collection of indicators.

"The project has 4 components. According to the first, the formal roles and responsibilities, the main indicators should be clarified. Legal and transparency regulations must be developed and adopted. The second component addresses the technical and software issues of how measurements and accountability mechanisms should be implemented, how to operate them to make them available in one place. The implementation of the third largest component will be aimed at improving the national cadastre. Clear measurements must be developed. The fourth component of the project should be an independent oversight mechanism, but it should be monitored and progress reported every quarter," she said.

UNDP International Expert Susan Legro presented the requirements for the expanded transparency of the Paris Agreement. She noted that this project and the resulting experience can be a significant investment for Armenia.

Esther Barritz, Regional Technical Advisor, spoke about GEF monitoring and assessment requirements and risk management strategy. He noted that the aim of the work is to present the perceptions and results, to create a support team, to clarify the roles and the scope of the project results, to plan and to complete the annual plan of the first year.

EXPECTED RESULTS

- Transparency activities in Armenia are governed by clear and formal roles and responsibilities,

- Armenia uses an integrated MRV system for continuous data collection and reporting under

Article 13,

- Armenia is able to manage data for effective transparency reporting on GHG sources and sinks,

- Armenia is able to manage data for the framework for transparency of actions and the

framework for transparency of support,

- Armenia is able to track progress against its NDC and share its approaches and results at the international level.

May 17, 2021 at 11:17