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100 Questions & Answers about MRV

Our Approach

Questions & answers on MRV

The diagram below presents our two-step approach in this book. Step 1 provides you with questions and answers for understanding the ‘why’, ‘what’, ‘how’, ‘who’, ‘how often’, etc. for existing MRV schemes. Based on this understanding of the overall picture of MRV, Step 2 introduces selected good practices to help developing countries overcome their common challenges.

The two steps in this guidebook

The two steps in this guidebook

The one hundred and more Q&As are comprised of around four thematic elements as follows:

  • Basic: why and what is it about?
  • Technical: how to do it?
  • Institution: who will do it?
  • Support: what kind of support is available?
Structure of questions & answers

Structure of questions & answers

Good practices – lessons from Asia

Once you can grasp the overall picture of MRV, it is important to get an idea of how challenges may occur, in the course of practicing MRV, as well as what kinds of challenges may occur in the context of developing countries. Note that such challenges may also be common to some developed countries. We identified the six challenges that the majority of developing countries are likely to face when they practice MRV schemes, as listed below.

  • Data: data is lacking or not sufficient
  • Technical capacity: technical capacity is limited
  • Institutional systems: appropriate institutional systems are not in place
  • Funding: funding is lacking or not enough
  • Human resources: human resources are not there or insufficient
  • Awareness: lack of awareness about MRV and its importance
Good practices and the six common challenges

Good practices and the six common challenges

We introduce good practices to address each or a combination of these challenges. This is based on our experiences working in and with some developing countries in Asia and other regions. We could not provide examples of good practices for all of the challenges. We believe that a good practice derived from a particular MRV scheme can also be applied to other MRV schemes. We also intend to increase the examples of good practices in subsequent editions of this book.

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