National validation Workshop: Assessment of Burkina Faso’s legal and institutional MRV framework

On Tuesday 1st of March 2022 in Ouagadougou, the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Environment in collaboration with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) held a workshop to validate the study of the legal and regulatory framework for data flow between stakeholders with regards national measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of climate emissions.  The study aims at strengthening the institutional framework for the MRV system implementation in Burkina Faso.

During this workshop the participants contributed to a better institutional and legal foundation of a data sharing system. More than seventy representatives from the Ministries in charge of ecological transition and environment, agriculture, energy, sanitation, mining, transport, economy, trade, and social action were present. Also, institutions such as the association of municipalities of Burkina Faso, universities, research centers, NGOs, civil society and international institutions, attended this national consultation.

Despite the efforts made to produce GHG inventories, biannual reports, and national communications on climate change, the country does not have a formal established national MRV framework.

Erika Lind, representative of the Swedish Cooperation, reminded that Sweden supports the establishment of a sustainable national MRV system with the aim that it will last over time and help to support several other national initiatives.

Dr Augustin Kabore, General Secretary of the Ministry of ecological transition underlined the role of the workshop in providing a consultation, learning, and experience sharing framework at national level to address regulatory and institutional challenges faced during national GHG inventory elaboration process.

Erika Lind, representative of the Swedish Cooperation, follow by Augustin Kabore General Secretary of the Ministry of ecological transition and Lamine Ouedraogo GGGI specialist at the opening ceremony

This review of the legal framework and regulatory options for data sharing at the national level is particularly important to help the country meet its reporting obligations on a regular basis, and to mobilize more climate funding at international level. The process in Burkina Faso represents an important example for other countries in  West Africa, that are still lacking national MRV systems.