1. South–South Cooperation: Thai–Myanmar Co-learning
A study visit of Myanmar's inventory compilers to Thailand for sharing information on measurement methodologies on the agriculture sector was held via the WGIA network. In the visit Myanmar learnt about measurement of GHG emissions from crop residue burning and rice straw burning from a Thai academic. Therefore, intercountry cooperation between neighbouring Non-Annex I Parties with similar socioeconomic or climatic conditions enhances regional cooperation and improves both parties' national GHG inventories.
2. Mutual Learning Between Australia and Indonesia
In 2012, Australia conducted a study tour for GHG improvement, which involved inviting Indonesia's government to observe a facility applying climate change countermeasures. In return, Indonesia's government invited Australia to check its GHG inventory in Indonesia. This is called mutual learning. The idea and importance of mutual learning to improve the quality of the GHG inventory originated at WGIA. Australia and Indonesia have communicated through the WGIA network.
3. Cooperation with Asia-Pacific Integrated Model (AIM)
GIO is part of the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES). A further Asian-related research team exists within NIES—the Asia-Pacific Integrated Model (AIM) team. The AIM team is involved with predictions of GHG emissions. The GHG inventory itself provides the key data needed for policy development to identify the major sectors, and the data in the inventory is also needed for prediction of GHG emissions and removals. The function of GHG emission predictions is one of the key benefits of the GHG inventory; thus, the AIM team is invited to the WGIA every year.
Many government officials who perform policy development attend WGIA as they need information on GHG emission predictions. Further, in developing countries, many GHG inventory compilers and experts are also in charge of policymaking and prediction of GHG emissions; thus, the one-workshop discussion covering GHG inventory and prediction is very useful for them.
Furthermore, participants from Myanmar requested GIO to introduce AIM team to them in order to learn more about prediction of GHG emissions. WGIA is thus the hub of Asia's climate change network.
WGIA has produced several publications, as below:
• Promoted WGIA activities at a side event of SB24, COP15, COP19 and COP20
• Published a WGIA activity report “Greenhouse Gas Inventory Development in Asia – Experiences from Workshops on Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia”– (a summary report of 1st–4th WGIA)
• Proceedings of every WGIA