Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Hayden Montgomery, Special Representative for the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA), a CCAFS Strategic Research Partner. GRA is focused on research, development and extension of technologies and practices that help deliver ways to grow more food (and more climate-resilient food systems) without growing greenhouse gas emissions. CCAFS, GRA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are collaborating to identify Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems to track and report on climate change mitigation activities in the livestock sector.
CCAFS and GRA released a report entitled Measurement, reporting and verification of livestock GHG emissions by developing countries in the UNFCCC: current practices and opportunities for improvement with support from USAid. One aspect of the research that caught my interest is that national mitigation strategies, INDCs and climate finance opportunities tend to be drivers of livestock GHG emission inventory improvement efforts. And, if Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) and and national MRV systems are aligned across subnational and national levels, finance and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) accounting needs can be met.