Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including Singapore, have agreed to report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals from all economic sectors on a regular basis.
To this end, the Government of Singapore – as an early mover – has embarked on an ambitious five-year plan to take stock of and monitor the entire island’s GHG emissions and removals from vegetation and land us.
The National Parks Board (NParks) has been entrusted with setting up a monitoring system that will allow it to track GHG emissions from land-use and land-use change and how much of it is absorbed by the nation’s greenery.
To make sure the system passes muster, the National Parks Board has roped in the National Institute of Education (NIE) and the Austrian Natural Resources Management and International Cooperation Agency (Anrica). Anrica, which comprises several Austrian government agencies and private firms, focuses on climate change and rural development issues….
NParks therefore has teamed up with NIE (the National Institute of Education Singapore) and ANRICA, an Austrian semi-governmental technology platform made up of expert institutions specialised in research and development in forest inventory, soil analyses, remote sensing g of natural resources and GHG reporting to UNFCCC. Over the past decades, ANRICA’s consortium members have developed a track record of successful GHG reporting and natural resources inventory and management projects in Austria, as well as other countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
NParks and ANRICA will apply a combination of cutting edge technologies in remote sensing and high sophisticated terrestrial carbon inventory methodologies to establish a robust and cost-effective system for Singapore to monitor, report, and verify carbon stock changes of the land use sector. The project has started in November 2013 and will be completed in November 2018.
Internationally tendered by the Government of Singapore, ANRICA was chosen to support the design and the establishment of a GHG monitoring, reporting and verification system (MRV) for the land use sector of Singapore because ANRICA provides excellent multidisciplinary knowledge in governance and technical support of environmental services and in natural resources management.
Forming the consortium lead, ANRICA is teaming up with the Austrian Research Centre for Forests(BFW), the Austrian Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt) and Joanneum Research.
SINGAPORE has started an ambitious five-year project to measure its own carbon footprint, as well as the mitigating effect of the island’s greenery. The authorities want to develop a monitoring system that tracks how much trees, soil and possibly even the grass help to reduce greenhouse gases. An accurate inventory is needed since international groups, using different calculating techniques, have come up with widely fluctuating emissions figures.
To make sure the system passes muster, the National Parks Board has roped in the National Institute of Education (NIE) and the Austrian Natural Resources Management and International Cooperation Agency (Anrica). Anrica, which comprises several Austrian government agencies and private firms, focuses on climate change and rural development issues…