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Contributing to national climate change strategies and work programme

Second Biennial Update Report (BUR2) Inception Workshop
9 January 2018

The 17th Session Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) decided that the first Biennial Update Reports (BURs) from non-Annex I Parties (developing countries) be submitted by December 2014. The subsequent reporting should be done biennially either as a summary of parts of the national communication in the year when this is submitted by the respective countries or as a stand-alone update report. Malaysia is a member of the non-Annex I Parties.

The BUR should include information and updates of national greenhouses (GHGs) inventories, including a national inventory report and information on mitigation actions, needs, and support received. The report provides updates on actions undertaken by a Party to implement the Convention, including the status of its GHG emissions and removal by sinks, as well as actions to reduce emissions or enhance sinks.

Organised by the national focal point, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), the Second Biennial Update Report (BUR) Inception Workshop brought together representatives from the relevant government agencies and NGOs. The Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment (CMER) represented MIMA.

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During the workshop

YBhg. Dato’ Dr Sr. Azimuddin Bahari, Deputy-Secretary General (Environment) MNRE, in his opening remarks, emphasised the importance of the BUR reporting and shed light on the preparation of National Communications (NCs), related efforts in the first BUR in 2016, as well as the preparations and work plan for BUR2.

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During the opening remarks by the Deputy-Secretary General (Environment) MNRE

The objectives of the workshop included: (i) reviewing the institutional framework and arrangements for preparation of NCs and BURs, (ii) to finalise the reporting structure of BUR2, and (iii) finalising the work programmes under BUR2. Detailed discussions during the meeting focused on the Institutional Framework and Arrangements; GHG Inventory; Mitigation; Measurement, Reporting and Verification; Finance and Needs; and Vulnerability and Adaptation.

MIMA was involved in the discussions on the Institutional Framework and Arrangements and Vulnerability and Adaptation which deliberated on the present status, issues faced, gaps and challenges in the policies and strategies at the local, state and national levels.

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Discussions focused on specific priority areas including GHG emissions and mitigation efforts

In addition to previous participation into national climate change strategies and programmes at various levels, this is a further recognition of MIMA’s role and contribution into national climate change efforts. MIMA will continue to contribute into the thematic areas focusing on climate change actions.

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