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Jul 16, 2019

3-day Greenhouse Gas Inventory training in Belize

A three-day workshop to train climate change personnel in the data management for national Greenhouse Gas inventory in Latin-American and Caribbean kicked off in San Ignacio on Monday. The training is to introduce the participants to professional good practices in data management, including governance, quality, archiving, and stakeholder engagement. Chief Climate Change Officer of the National Climate Change Office Lennox Gladden says that that training provides for a sharing of experiences and lessons learned which will also help the participants to gain first-hand feel and experience of certain data management techniques and tools.

 

Lennox Gladden, Chief Climate Change Officer, National Climate Change Office

Lennox Gladden

“It’s mostly to look at sharing of experiences. I was the beneficiary of one of these trainings about two years ago and it was important in the crafting of our existing institutional arrangement within the country. We have already in place an institutional arrangement for the GHC inventory, where we have some of the sectors looking at agriculture, forestry, department of environment, as well. They are some of what we consider sector leads to collect data and of course process. But what is important, the whole processing or collecting of data, we still have to look at quality assurance and quality control because it is difficult to quantify or managed what you have never measured. So, we have to bridge that gap when it comes to data collection and data analysis. So, that is in part where we stand as it relates to the institutional arrangement and it is important for some of the local participants to gain that experience. Because you realize that talking with participants that there are different levels when it comes to their national institutional arrangement and once they are able to learn from that, the best practices, it is important because then they can reflect and say listen, we can probably advance another component based on my discussion or dialogue from another country.”

 

The training was held by the Consultative Group of Experts in conjunction with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and hosted by the Ministry of Environment and the National Climate Change Office.


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