TECHNICAL WORKSHOP OF FRANCOPHONE NETWORK NDC Tracking for mitigation, adaptation and means of implementation and Adaptation reporting
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TECHNICAL WORKSHOP OF FRANCOPHONE NETWORK NDC Tracking for mitigation, adaptation and means of implementation and Adaptation reporting
to Africa/Kigali
Location: Kigali

The Francophone Network of the Partnership was created in 2013 in collaboration with the Belgian, French, German and Swiss administrations for the organization and financing of it. Recently, UNDP and FAO joined the group of organizers and contributors. The network aims to broaden and deepen the exchange of information, expertise and experience, good practices and case studies between about 35 French-speaking countries. Its working language is French. Since 2013, nine workshops have been organized on different themes.  

The Francophone Network is supported by PATPA via the support provided by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) and the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AA) under the IKI (International Climate Initiative) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Climate Promise, in particular by the support of the Government of Belgium via ECT Project and the CBIT-GSP, implemented by UN Environment (UN Environment) in partnership with UNDP and funded by GEF. 

Under the UNFCCC, all signatory countries are expected to report on the progress they are making towards realising the goals of the agreement.

Paris Agreement requires all Parties to put forward their best efforts through their self-defined national climate targets and action plans known as “nationally determined contributions” (NDCs) that articulate how they will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapting to impacts. Parties shall communicate their NDCs every 5 years and provide information necessary for clarity and transparency. The regime under the PA is set to create an ambition mechanism. Each successive NDC should represent a progression beyond the previous one and reflect the highest possible ambition leading to stronger climate action that will continue as the climate regimes moves towards the goal of zero net emissions by 2050 and climate neutrality thereafter. 

The PA includes requirements that all Parties report regularly (every 2 years, LDCs and SIDS have discretion) on their emissions and on their implementation efforts. The BTR is the vehicle for Parties to report on NDC accounting. Nationally, tracking progress of NDC implementation can help governments better understand whether and to what extent efforts are needed to achieve the NDC. 

Since 1994, countries have been doing this through preparing national communications and, later, biennial reports (BRs) and biennial update reports (BURs). While the focus of these reports has typically been on climate change mitigation, countries have also reported on their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and efforts to adapt to these impacts in their national communications (information related to impacts, vulnerability and adaptation are not included in BRs and BURs). 

However, with increasingly disastrous impacts of climate change, the need to supply the UNFCCC with more regular and in-depth information about adaptation needs, priorities, plans, and actions, has increased dramatically since the first national communications were prepared in 1994. As a result, under the Paris Agreement, alongside reporting through their national communications, countries now have the option to report on adaptation through two new vehicles: adaptation communications and biennial transparency reports (BTRs).

The BTR is a new reporting vehicle that is to replace the current BRs and BURs in 2024. Like BRs and BURs, BTRs are to be submitted every two years and should contain countries’ GHG inventories and information about NDC tracking and support received or provided. However, unlike BRs and BURs, the BTR can also be used to report on adaptation. Reporting on adaptation in the BTR is optional, but all Parties are encouraged to do so, especially developing countries.

Guidance for reporting on adaptation in the BTR is found in section IV of the modalities, procedures, and guidelines (MPGs). The guidance provides a framework for reporting on adaptation that is more comprehensive than that provided by the guidance for national communications but nonetheless flexible and non-prescriptive. Thus, the BTR should lead to more regular reporting on adaptation that provides a comprehensive overview of a country’s national adaptation process and their adaptation needs. Its use by countries should: 

•          improve the extent to which country reporting to the UNFCCC can inform the global stocktake of the collective progress towards the global goal on adaptation,

•          improve the collective understanding of the adaptation support needs of developing countries,

•          enhance the extent to which adaptation by developing countries gets recognized, and

•          better enable countries to share good practices, experiences and lessons learned related to adaptation.


The A-BTR is also expected to serve as a tool for tracking on NDC and the implementation and effectiveness of adaptation actions, and for informing the global stocktake of the collective progress towards the global goal on adaptation and climate change.

The guidance for the A-BTR is based on the modalities, procedures, and guidelines (MPGs) that provide a flexible and non-prescriptive framework for reporting on adaptation, with eight thematic areas that cover various aspects of adaptation planning, implementation, and evaluation. The MPGs also allow parties to use different approaches and methods for reporting on adaptation, depending on their national circumstances and capacities.


The main objective of this workshop is to raise awareness and familiarize participants with the provisions for tracking progress and implementation of NDCs and reporting on climate change impacts and adaptation under the Paris Agreement and the Convention, including the adaptation-related information that should be included in the BTR and how this information relates to recent and ongoing adaptation reports and countries' national adaptation processes. 

The workshop will be an opportunity to share good practices and lessons learned, facilitate networking and share relevant experiences between national experts in the region. 

The final aim of the workshop is to prepare countries for the submission of their first TBR in 2024 by tracking progress on the NDC and preparing adaptation reports.


The workshop will consist of two consequent sessions. 

The first session will hereby provide an overview of monitoring progress and achievement of NDCs, reporting requirements and a detailed presentation of common table formats.

The second will provide an overview of adaptation reporting under the UNFCCC more generally, while subsequent sessions will go into detail on the adaptation reporting provisions in the TBR, including examples and guidance on where countries can collect data for specific provisions.

Target Audience

The workshop will bring together relevant transparency stakeholders, such as focals points of transparency and experts from national institutions and line ministries tasked with climate reporting, thematic experts and other transparency and adaptation practitioners involved in the preparation of reports and policies under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, including NCs, NAPs, NDCs and BURs/BTRs.  

Area: Climate adaptation, Climate mitigation, Data collection and management, GHG inventory, Institutional arrangements, Loss & damage, NDC tracking
Sector: AFOLU, Energy, Industry, Livestock, Transport, Waste, Water
Region: Africa
Language: French
Country: Rwanda
Transparency Network: Francophone