Côte d'Ivoire - Capacity building in conducting greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and vulnerability assessments



Côte d’Ivoire has been a non-Annex I Party to the Climate Change Convention since 1994 and submitted since then two national communications to the UNFCCC Secretariat, the initial one in 2001 and the second one in 2010. Both these national communications were developed with the assistance of external consultants.

With the entry into force of the present government (2011), a number of institutional reforms were carried out in the area of climate change. In particular, a new programme to coordinate climate change issues. The officers recruited for this new programme are relatively inexperienced and were not involved in previous UNFCCC related activities, such as the preparation of the national communications.



In order to strengthen the capacities of this newly recruited CC team, the UNFCCC focal point of Côte d’Ivoire called upon technical assistance from the Intra-ACP GCCA Climate Support Facility programme. The present Work Order focused on capacity strengthening in preparing national communications, with particular emphasis on the currently recommended methodologies and tools for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventories and vulnerability assessments that provide a necessary basis for the planning of further steps towards the implementation of the Convention.



The CSF expert carried out a mission of 3 weeks in order to train the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development staff in preparing the 3rd National Communication.

The expert reviewed the first and second national communication and identified the main improvements required for the third one.

The main conclusion of the expert was the lack of involvement of the stakeholders, civil society, private sector and even other public institutions in the preparation of the two first national communications. This lack of consultation and dissemination about the two first comminucations is part of the reason why the implementation rate of the actions foreseen has been very low.

A workshop was then organised to familiarise the staff with the UNFCCC guidelines and tools and then a draft action plan was prepared and discussed for the development of the 3rd National Communication.