The NDC Helpdesk in action

May 28, 2018
Participants of GHG Training

The NDC Helpdesk successfully addressed one of its first requests and arranged a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory workshop for the staff of selected Malian ministries. The workshop took place from 12-16 March 2018 in Bamako, Mali.


The NDC Support Cluster has established the Helpdesk as a platform for providing flexible support to deal with a number of challenges concerning the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) in developing countries. It does not provide funding directly to countries, but instead supports the provision of technical assistance by a network of experts on specific NDC-related challenges.

Having a sound GHG inventory as a component of the domestic monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) system is key to successful NDC implementation. Therefore, the Malian Agency for Environment and Sustainable Development (AEDD) requested support from the NDC Helpdesk to host a workshop with the aim of training new technical staff on how to apply the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.

In March 2018, a 5-day GHG inventory training course was conducted, which covered the two inventory categories of energy and agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU), and was also attended by several sectoral experts. In order to provide the participants with substantive knowledge on these two sectors, the NDC Helpdesk collaborated with experts from Öko-Institut e.V. and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO). They introduced the workshop participants to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines and the sectors’ source categories, and explained relevant calculation methodologies. During the training, participants were given many opportunities to apply their new insight in hands-on exercises. After the workshop, Drissa Doumbia from the AEDD, which requested the support, concluded: ‘The training was very useful for the Malian experts (…) and will improve the quality of our inventory.’

The training was organised by the Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA) and the GIZ project on the Support of the National Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (ASNaCC) in Mali, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through the NDC Helpdesk.

More information on the NDC Helpdesk and on submitting a request can be found here.



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