Managing the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Process
"The handbook was developed by United Nations Development Programme with input from a wide range of institutions and national experts from AnnexI and non- AnnexI Parties. The objective of the handbook is to provide non-AnnexI Parties with a strategic and logical approach to a sustainable inventory process. This should not only help countries produce more accurate inventories, it may also help enhance efficiency and ensure optimum use of scarce financial and human resources. It is recommended that a significant part of a country’s inventory improvement efforts focus on documentation and archiving, because this is critical to the long-term sustainability and institutionalisation of the inventory process. The target audience for this handbook is non-AnnexI Party inventory experts concerned with general aspects of GHG inventory planning, preparation and management. As majority of non-AnnexI Parties have prepared at least one national GHG inventory1, this handbook focuses on improving and updating the GHG inventory and on managing these processes, including improved documentation and archiving. Note that this handbook uses the word “management” in its traditional sense of organising, supervising and arranging activities, data or people. This inter- pretation is different from the more narrowly defined “inventory management” (UNFCCC 2002) that focuses on archiving."