GGGI Burkina Faso trained national stakeholders on EX-ACT tool for Carbon balance quantification.

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – On June 28 to July 2, GGGI in collaboration with the Directorate of Green Economy and Climate Change (DGEVCC) within the Ministry of the Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change (MEEVCC) organized a training workshop on the EX-ACT tool (EX-Ante Carbon Balance Tool) developed by the FAO for the assessment of project/program Carbon Balance.

This training was held to support the “Development of the National Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System in Burkina Faso” project implemented by GGGI and financed by Sweden. This training took place at Centre Lorette and brought together more than twenty-five participants from national institutions such as the Ministry of the Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change (MEEVCC), the Ministry in charge of Agriculture and Mechanization (MAAHM), and the Ministry in charge of Livestock and Fisheries (MRAH), which will help track progress against the country’s commitments in terms of GHG emissions reduction as reflected in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

The understanding of the Ex-ACT tool will facilitate the need for accessible, complete, and time-sensitive accounting tools in the AFOLU sector, on GHG emission quantification, contributing to the Enhanced Transparency Framework of the Paris Agreement. The EX-ACT tool is particularly suitable for estimating the carbon footprint of agricultural and forestry development projects, programs, or policies at different stages of their development.

Combining theoretical and practical approaches, the trainees learned and reinforced their knowledge and skills on:

  • the parameters of the EX-ACT tool;
  • the calculation of REDD+ projects carbon footprint using the EX-ACT tool; and
  • the analysis of data generated within Ex-ACT.

This GGGI initiative has been fully appreciated by the participants who expressed the need to benefit from other similar training and apply the acquired knowledge in GHG emission assessment activities.