Austrian Know-how for climate change tasks in Western Balkan countries

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Vienna, 12 March 2018 – Climate change is one of the most urgent challenges for the planet. Within the Paris Agreement, the international community agreed to limit global warming well below 2°C. Austria is taking an active role in supporting Western Balkan countries in building up capacities to manage climate change mitigation. Already in the third year, Austria provides support for compiling greenhouse gas emission inventories, emission reduction scenarios or developing national adaptation strategies. For this an intensive country specific training programme was designed by the Umweltbundesamt, the Environment Agency Austria, which entered it's second Phase in June 2017.


In March 2018 inventory experts from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia have come to Vienna to attend the ‘Combined GHG inventory and review training in the context of the UNFCCC GHG inventory reviews under the Convention’. The UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) was invited to supervise the training and conduct the examination on the GHG inventory review training course (“Basic Course”).

GHG inventory and review training


The UNFCCC review process improves the quality of the national inventories in terms of transparency, consistency, completeness, comparability and accuracy as defined by the UNFCCC reporting and review guidelines. Through the combined inventory and review training the inventory experts receive both capacity building in GHG inventory preparation and the capability to review national inventories. During the review training (and later during reviews), review experts receive technical feedback from their peers that enables them to further improve their inventories. The subsequent inventory cycle introduces improvements in response to the review processes.
„Climate change mitigation and adaptation needs international cooperation and exchange of knowledge. We are glad to share our expert knowledge with our partners in the Western Balkan countries,“ says Jürgen Schneider from the Management Board of the Environment Agency Austria. 


The second phase of this project implemented by the Environment Agency Austria is part of the Austrian Climate Finance Programme, funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism. Within the project trainings on greenhouse gas emission inventories as well as adaptation issues were held in Vienna and in the Western Balkan countries.

Environment Agency Austria in a nutshell


The Environment Agency Austria provides advice on administrative capacity building and national environmental legislation to institutions of the European Union, new and upcoming EU Member States, and the EU Neighbourhood Policy partner countries in the East and Mediterranean region.


Further information: 
Petra Kestler, Environment Agency Austria, Press Office, phone: +43 1 31304 5432