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A new paper on MRV: Monitoring, Reporting and Verification for climate mitigation

A paper of interest...

Abstract
One of the most contentious issues at the 2009 UN climate summit in
Copenhagen, and one which has persisted in the successive rounds of
negotiation since then, is, in diplomatic lingo, MRV (monitoring,
reporting and verification). Expanding the MRV regime to include mitigation
actions is an opportunity to support, rather than burden, developing
countries in their efforts to improve their climate performance over time,
consistent with sustainable development if done in a sensible way. The
paper reviews the essence of this debate and suggests one pragmatic approach
to ensure that national actions are indeed measurable, reportable and
verifiable, namely adopting a certification scheme for National Climate
Management Systems (which would require countries to establish a climate
policy, set national goals and timetables, secure resources to implement
related national actions, and track their progress over time). Based on the
high level of agreement among Parties to the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on the need for comprehensive
frameworks to facilitate forestry and energy sector mitigation by developing
countries, supported by financial resources, technology and capacity
building, a national climate management system certification scheme is well
suited to add value to the existing MRV regime for both developed and
developing countries.

The above paper will be published free of charge in the inaugural issue of
the new peer reviewed Earthscan journal Greenhouse Gas
Measurement and Management (GHGMM), which will be available early 2011 at
www.earthscan.co.uk/journals/ghgmm.

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