International Partnership on Mitigation and Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV)
The overall aim of the Partnership is to support a practical exchange on mitigation-related activities and MRV between developing and developed countries in order to help close the global ambition gap. To this end, the activities of the Partnership contribute to the design and effective implementation of
- ‘Low-Emission Development Strategies’ (LEDS),
- ‘Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions’ (NAMAs) and
- ‘Measuring, Reporting and Verification’ (MRV) systems
Bringing together climate experts from a variety of countries, the Partnership seeks to:
- foster mutual learning between peers
- identify best practices
- establish a shared mitigation-related knowledge base
- disseminate lessons learnt
This in turn contributes to the building of trust, capacity and expertise, allowing countries to find nationally appropriate solutions to address and combat climate change.
The Partnership organises meetings back-to-back with UN negotiations to ensure regular exchange between the partnering countries as well as coordinating national implementation and international negotiations.
The Partnership is comprised of approximately 40 members, more than half of which are developing countries. The outcome of COP 17 in Durban showed some progress on the introduction of a registry and on MRV, especially on the guidelines and modalities for Biennial Update Reports and International Consultation and Analysis. Nevertheless, there remained an ambition gap in planned mitigation activities to move on to a 2°C development path. Therefore the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV now aims at supporting countries to develop methodologies and estimate what commitments to emission reductions will be technologically possible and economically feasible for individual countries. Methodologies for MRV can ease the matching of needs with support, and MRV methodologies are needed for establishing international accounting standards for emission reductions.
The Partnership will meet several times in 2012. It will promote further cooperation between peers, stimulate discussion and exchange in the field of LEDS, NAMAs and MRV. This includes meetings at technical level and capacity building activities to enhance mitigation action at national and sub-national level.