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Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are obliged to communicate to the Conference of the Parties (COP), through the UNFCCC secretariat, information on the climate actions they have taken or envisage they will take to implement the Convention. This allows them to inform one another of their national level actions and serves as a basis for the COP to assess the implementation of the Convention by Parties.

In 2007, through the Bali Action Plan, Parties agreed on the principal for measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) for developing countries and subsequently established the existing MRV framework. In this context, it is critical that a full understanding of the associated concepts, elements, and requirements resulting from intergovernmental negotiations be realized at the national level by experts, practitioners and other stakeholders on the ground.

With that in mind, the secretariat has developed a handbook to disseminate relevant information on the MRV framework for developing countries and to demystify associated concepts and elements. Donald Cooper, Coordinator of the UNFCCC's Mitigation, Data and Analysis Programme, said:

It is our hope that it will prove to be a useful resource that will help developing countries to efficiently and effectively implement the MRV framework.

The handbook is structured into three sections providing general context and an overview of the contents of the handbook, an outline of relevant MRV concepts and the chronological context of the development of the MRV framework as well as an overview of the key elements of the MRV framework at the international level.

To access the handbook, click here. The handbook appears on this web page under the heading "Handbook on MRV for developing countries, User Manual and Resource guide for NCs"

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