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North Macedonia
Southern Europe
Title
Strengthening institutional and technical Macedonian capacities to enhance transparency in the framework of the Paris Agreement
Objective

To meet enhanced transparency requirements as defined in Article 13 of the Paris Agreement by strengthening institutional and technical capacity for measuring and reporting on emissions, mitigation and adaptation activities, and support received

GEF project grant
USD 1.320.000
Concept approval
Project document approval
Start date
End date
Implementing agencies

Project outcomes

National institutions for MRV are strengthened and transparency activities are aligned with country priorities

Organizations and individuals have the necessary training and tools to conduct MRV activities

Arrangements for data collection, analysis, and reporting shift from a project-based cycle to a continuous process

Stakeholders

Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning

National Climate Change Committee

Ministry of Economy

Ministry of Transport and Communications

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Water Economy

Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

The State Statistical Office

Academia

Civil Society

European Union

Donor Community

Knowledge Management Approaches

Project  preparation  activities  will  define  a  general  knowledge  management  strategy  for  the  project  with  explicit budgetary  support


Meet the focal point of the project
Teodora Obradovic- Grcarovska
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Teodora Obrado…
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Indicators on capacity for transparency
Institutional capacity for transparency-related activities
Institutional capacity for transparency-related activities Target (1 - 4) Baseline (1 - 4) Mid-term evaluation (1 - 4) Terminal evaluation (1 - 4)
Qualitative assessment
3
2
pending
2
Quality of MRV Systems
Quality of MRV Systems Target (1 - 10) Baseline (1 - 10) Mid-term evaluation (1 - 10) Terminal evaluation (1 - 10)
Overall MRV system
7
5
pending
7

Indicators on project results
Indicator
Indicator Target Baseline Source of verification
Existence of a designated CC MRV unit at MoEPP. MRV established No MRV in MoEPP Project and MoEPP reports
Number of direct project beneficiaries disaggregated by gender as co-benefit of GEF investment 120 29 Project reports
Quality of transparency activities undertaken by government organizations 7 5 Project and Government reports
Level of capacity to ensure gender equality and equity in climate change projects 30% of the Plan implemented GC plan exist Project and Government reports
Number of toolkits on MRV for Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation: a) developed b) used 8 toolkits and Employees working in at least 3 government agencies report using No toolkits Project reports
Integration of transparency concepts into key sectoral policies/legislation At least 2 policies or laws integrate transparency concepts. Not incorporated Project and Government reports
Country-specific training on gender and climate change Gender training module developed Some materials exist Project and Government reports
Level of dissemination of knowledge products produced by the project All knowledge products available at the CC web site No knowledge product www.klimatskipromeni.mk
A national platform fully functional to manage transparency data and report on NDC progress 1 0 Project and Government Reports
Number of government agencies reporting data to the national platform on a regular basis 4 0 Project and Government reports
Number of government agencies accessing data and information on the national platform 10 0 Project and Government reports
Number of MRV tools that incorporate Gender-sensitive measurement and reporting 2 0 Project and Government reports

Progress
In summary, the country has been making steady progress on MRV, and it continues to improve based on expert recommendations and feedback at the country level and from the UNFCCC. Furthermore, the country has set ambitious goals for its NDCs and for the level of reporting it plans to undertake under the Paris Agreement. However, the barriers in the baseline description above hinder the quality of reporting that takes place. They also limit the ability of the country to undertake climate action on the basis of the information that is reported. Without the support of the project, the country will undertake periodic reporting on climate change, but it will not be able to undertake transparency activities to the full extent of its potential.
Status of project outputs and activities
Outcome

1.1 National institutions for MRV are strengthened and transparency activities are aligned with country priorities

Outputs
Output

1.1.1 MRV unit established at MOEPP to oversee climate change reporting on national and international commitments

Activities or deliverables
Activity or deliverable

• Align MRV work in support of the NDCs with reporting necessary for SDG 13, current environmental information reporting, such as reporting to the EEA, and other reporting obligations that may emerge, such as reporting on Integrated Energy and Climate Plans to the Energy Community

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Provide recommendations to MOEPP and the Government on fine-tuning the NDCs and means of measuring progress in their implementation

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Develop a financing roadmap for the MRV unit and identify national and external sources of long-term support for its personnel and activities

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Coordinate the national networks of staff responsible for MRV within the key relevant government organizations, as well as local experts

Status
70% Complete
Output

1.1.2 Capacity of relevant government organizations strengthened to increase scope and quality of transparency activities

Activities or deliverables
Activity or deliverable

Conduct a functional analysis of climate change-related capacity for national and regional agencies

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Use the MOEPP MRV office to conduct briefings for the NCCC, key sectoral ministries, the Government, Parliament, municipalities, and civil society on transparency activities and the NDCs

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Track spending on CC in budgets in coordination with the MRV Unit at MOEPP

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Develop a protocol for providing “on-call” support to other sectoral ministries and government agencies as needed.

Status
Completed
Output

1.1.3 National networks established of staff responsible for MRV within the key relevant government organizations, as well as local experts

Activities or deliverables
Activity or deliverable

Identify in-country experts in three areas (inventories and mitigation, adaptation, and climate finance) and establish a national network of practitioners in that area

Status
80% Complete
Activity or deliverable

Implement the national climate change communications strategy and provide information support to the national networks

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Plan and implement at least 3 events where network members can network and exchange good practice

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Identify linkages between the networks and their sub-regional and regional counterparts

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

• Compile a roadmap for post-project management of the networks

Status
0%
Output

1.1.4 Capacity to ensure gender equality and equity in climate change projects increased

Activities or deliverables
Activity or deliverable

Work with Implementing Partner to identify a national Climate Change and Gender Focal Point

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Conduct a pilot sectoral climate and gender analysis (e.g. renewable energy) and provide a briefing for policymakers on the results.

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Provide support to the Climate Change and Gender Focal Point in screening climate finance projects

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Compile an expert roster of individuals and organizations that can provide expertise on gender issues

Status
Completed
Outcome

2.1 Organizations and individuals have the necessary training and tools to conduct MRV activities

Outputs
Output

2.1.1 Toolkits and templates for mitigation and adaptation reporting developed and disseminated

Activities or deliverables
Activity or deliverable

Compile an expert roster of individuals and organizations that can provide expertise on gender issues

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Identify suitable hardware, software, and licensing/subscription options to enhance reporting on agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU)

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Develop an MRV scheme for adaptation measures, starting with measures addressing the most vulnerable sector

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Conduct a governmental budget analysis (aligned with EU methodology); identify baseline spending on CC in the government budget for both mitigation and adaptation in coordination with sectoral ministries and other governmental units and develop an MRV scheme for tracking support for climate change

Status
Completed
Output

2.1.2 Training program for transparency activities operationalized

Activities or deliverables
Activity or deliverable

Conduct a training assessment for key agencies providing data and information on transparency activities

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Develop appropriate materials and curricula for target groups

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Develop a multi-year plan for training on transparency activities

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Conduct training-of-trainers for MRV Office staff

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Conduct training sessions for target groups in government and civil society

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Organize regular training on an annual basis for media and journalists on key aspects of climate change vulnerability and adaptation opportunities, and develop a process for recognizing outstanding coverage

Status
0%
Activity or deliverable

Evaluate training outcomes and revise materials and trainings as necessary

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Establish a database of training materials for government employees on transparency activities

Status
Completed
Output

2.1.3 Transparency concepts integrated into policies and legislation in key (I)NDC areas

Activities or deliverables
Activity or deliverable

Commission an analysis of policies and legislation in key (I)NDC areas: energy supply, buildings, and transport

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Provide recommendations for entry points in key strategies and legislation

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Prepare draft text for national policy, legislation, and planning documents

Status
0%
Activity or deliverable

Prepare a publication on the mainstreaming exercise that may serve as a guidance document for other countries

Status
0%
Output

2.1.4 Research and training on climate change and gender developed and disseminated

Activities or deliverables
Activity or deliverable

Provide two training sessions for gender stakeholders on climate change and climate finance and vice versa

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Develop and conduct a briefing on gender issues for the NCCC

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Develop and deliver training modules for key stakeholders (State Statistical Office, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy) on gender issues

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Develop a gender module for climate finance readiness training that can also be delivered as a stand-alone seminar

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Develop and implement a plan to disseminate research and training modules throughout South-Eastern Europe (a process that can utilize the regional network of climate change OFPs and gender specialists) and through the Global Support Programme and the Global Coordination Platform as appropriate

Status
Completed
Outcome

3.1 Arrangements for data collection, analysis, and reporting shift from a project-based cycle to a continuous process

Outputs
Output

3.1.1 Integrated system of tracking tools for transparency-related actions and progress established

Activities or deliverables
Activity or deliverable

Commission an integrated environmental information system to measure progress on mitigation actions, adaptation, and support received

Status
60% Complete
Activity or deliverable

Engineer interfaces between the system and key sectoral databases (e.g. the energy balance, industrial information, and the vehicle registry).

Status
60% Complete
Activity or deliverable

Commission a user interface for the system that will allow for advanced data visualization, integration with GIS software, and outputs that can be aligned with international reporting templates (e.g. UNFCCC, EU/EIA, EnC).

Status
60% Complete
Activity or deliverable

For each of the mitigation measures identified in the NDCs, elaborate an MRV system that complies with the EU MMR and includes procedures and institutional arrangements reflecting in-country conditions and mitigation obligations

Status
Completed
Output

3.1.2 Tracking tools refined and cross-cutting MRV established

Activities or deliverables
Activity or deliverable

Identify linkages between data collected under transparency-related activities and the national data-collection and data-sharing process to strengthen disaster risk-related information collection, production and dissemination

Status
80% Complete
Activity or deliverable

Make the relevant improvements/adjustments where needed and harmonize climate indicators to improve the quality of the data collected and increase the efficiency of data collection as well as gender and social inclusion desegregated data to the extent possible.

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Develop recommendations on MRV for the national policy and planning documents

Status
Completed
Output

3.1.3 MRV system utilized for NDC tracking and reporting

Activities or deliverables
Activity or deliverable

MRV/NDC system reports provided to the GEF-CBIT Global Coordination Platform database to ensure effective project tracking

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

MRV/NDC system reports provided to UNFCCC reporting teams (National Communications and BURs)

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

System reports provided to SDG reporting teams

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Produce progress reports on climate change activities and the NDCs for the Government

Status
Completed
Output

3.1.4 Gender-sensitive measurement and reporting established

Activities or deliverables
Activity or deliverable

Itemize issues arising through sex-disaggregated data collection and analysis for the national MRV and NDC tracking system

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Assess the current state of gender responsive budgeting and provide recommendations on reporting

Status
Completed
Activity or deliverable

Document and disseminate gender-relevant best practices and lessons learned throughout the project cycle

Status
0%
English

Concept note of the project, describing the project's objective, outcomes and outputs.

English

Complete project proposal, describing project's objective, outcomes, outputs, and activities

English

The purpose of this needs assessment was twofold: 1) to assess the current capacity needs related to meeting monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) requirements under Article 13 of the Paris Agreement; 2) to identify areas where training and capacity strengthening was needed and provide recommendations on its structure and content.
This assessment focuses on individual capacity, as opposed to institutional and organizational capacity, which will be addressed by other activities under the UNDP-GEF CBIT project and activities funded by other donors, such as the European Union.

English

Approved and signed Project Document

Level of capacity
  12-2018
Reporting national greenhouse gas inventory
89%
Reporting progress made in implementing NDCs
65%
Reporting on climate change impacts and adaptation
45%
Reporting financial, technology transfer, and capacity-building support needed and received
38%
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North Macedonia
Southern Europe
Ratification of UNFCCC
28 . Jan . 1998
Kyoto Protocol
19 . Nov . 2014
Paris Agreement
09 . Jan . 2018
Population
2017
2,083.00
Thousands
SourceUN Data
GDP per Capita
2015
4,836.10
current US$
SourceUN Data
Energy Production
2014
53.00
Petajoules
SourceUN Data
Total GHG Emissions per Sector
Year 2014
UNIT GG CO2 Equivalent
SourceUNFCCC
Energy
7,957.50
Industry
921.60
Agriculture
1,001.80
Land Use Change and Forestry
-3,181.10
Waste
2,323.40
Transparency Information
Submited National Communications 2003 2009 2014
Submitted Biennial Update Reports 2015 2018
Submitted GHG Inventories 2003 2014 2018
International Consultation and Analysis 2015
National Climate Policy
Long-term Strategies
Pending
National Adaptation Plans
Pending