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JICA supports HCMC in greenhouse gas monitoring

Released at: 09:04, 27/10/2017

JICA supports HCMC in greenhouse gas monitoring

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Outcomes of JICA's technical cooperation project reviewed at workshop.

by Tue Lam

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have organized the final workshop to review the outcomes of the city’s component of JICA’s technical cooperation project on “Supporting the Planning and Implementation of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in a Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Manner (SPI-NAMA)”.

Within the scope of the project, since 2015 JICA has cooperated with Ho Chi Minh City to enable the proper understanding and continuous monitoring of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the city and completed a city-wide GHG inventory for 2013.

A comprehensive GHG inventory preparation manual has also been developed to enable not only Ho Chi Minh City but also other cities to prepare city-level GHG inventories.

The project has also contributed to enhancing the city’s capacity to objectively quantify and check GHG emission reductions from the city’s climate change mitigation measures through pilot activities in the energy, transport, and waste sectors, and the preparation of the MRV Manual.

Ho Chi Minh City is among the most exposed cities in the world to the impact of climate change. In 2016, its People’s Committee approved the new Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) and JICA’s cooperation reinforces the objectives of the CCAP by providing practical means to monitor and improve the plan.      

Mr. Nguyen Van Tue, Director General of the Department of Climate Change under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), expressed his appreciation of the outcomes from the project.

MoNRE also intends to refer to manuals as practical reference sources to support the implementation of the government Decree on the Roadmap for GHG Emission Reductions, for which government approval will be sought in 2018.

JICA requested the city’s leadership further share lessons learned and experiences with other local governments in Vietnam, to effectively contribute to the principle of empowering non-State stakeholders in response to climate change, as enshrined in the Paris Agreement.

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