Burkina Faso’s MRV IT platform: national stakeholders capacity building

The Permanent Secretariat of the National Council for Sustainable Development (SP/CNDD) through the National Observatory for Sustainable Development (ONDD), the department in charge of the coordination of the national Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system, organized training sessions on the MRV platform. From March 14-18 in Ouagadougou, the administrators, facilitators and sectoral MRV focal points of Burkina Faso have been trained on the management of the web-based MRV platform with the support of the Sweden and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).

A variety of participants

The administrators and facilitators are representatives from SP/CNDD while the sectoral MRV focal points come from ministry in charge of environment and other departments of sectoral ministries providing data, civil-society organizations, associations, research centers and NGO producing data in line with Green House Gaz Inventory and climate actions.

Group picture of some of the participants

Training content

The platform managers were able to familiarize themselves with the various publication and information modules: How the information is organized, how to create and edit the platform content, how to integrate images, files, tables and graphics, etc. In addition, this session covered account and data base management, file backup and restoration through several practical exercises.

The data provider focal points were able to discover the functionalities of the platform and learned how to upload data into their private space.  Overall, the participants provided ideas and relevant comments that will improve the MRV platform design. Exchanges of best practices based on the participants’ previous experiences helped to adapt the content of the communications on the specific information that need to be shared on the MRV platform.

Importance of this platform

Less than five MRV platforms from Africa countries are available online. This platform will allow researchers, students, government and private sector stakeholders and other actors interested in MRV system both at national and international level to easily access climate data. This also reinforces the country transparency framework with regard to Paris agreement and international climate conventions.