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Ricardo Energy & Environment delivers presentation on developing INDCs at UNEP event in Vietnam

Last week Ricardo Energy & Environment attended the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) “Debriefing Workshop on Outcomes of UNFCCC COP20” event in Hoi An, Vietnam to deliver a key presentation on the development of national contributions to the new international climate agreement to be agreed in Paris later this year.

Ricardo Energy & Environment attended the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) “Debriefi

Delegations from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam attended the UNEP event to listen to updates from the latest round of climate negotiations in Lima in late 2014. Other delegates included legal representation from the Least Developed Countries Group who negotiate together on United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) related matters.

Senior Climate Change Policy Consultant, Dave Shaw, presented Ricardo Energy & Environment’s experience of developing countries’ contributions, known officially as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). Drawing on experience of working on the production of Bangladesh’s and Kenya’s INDCs, Mr Shaw outlined the implications for the Lima Conference of the Parties for the content of INDCs and options for how to develop INDCs in practice.

The presentation focused in particular on INDC preparation in the South East Asian region, as Ricardo Energy & Environment is supporting the governments of Lao PDR, Cambodia and Myanmar to kick off their INDC process, supported by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Prosperity Fund. Nominated as a leader for breakout group discussions, Mr Shaw led group discussions involving all three nations and Vietnam on mitigation options and adaptation actions that those countries might include in their respective INDCs.

Speaking after the event, Mr Shaw commented “Having the time to work with the delegations from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar in a small group was invaluable as it facilitated exchange of ideas, views and approaches on a regional level. The experience gained and the relationships made will be invaluable as I travel with my team to Vientiane, Phnom Penh and Naypyidaw in the coming weeks.”

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