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The Food & Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) national greenhouse gas inventory for agriculture course provides the necessary knowledge to build a sustainable national greenhouse gas inventory (NGHGI) and to assess emissions from the agricultural sector. The course contains a general overview on:

  • the role and goals of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines for NGHGIs
  • the inventory cycle and the main elements and principles for preparation of GHG inventories (Unit 1)

It also presents details on the biological and physical processes behind the production of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture-related activities; and methodological instruction and guidance for calculating emissions according to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines, Tier 1 method, are provided (Unit 2).

This course is designed for staff in relevant national agencies tasked with the preparation of the NGHGI for the Agricultural sector. It is also a useful tool for anybody else wishing to improve their knowledge on UNFCCC reporting processes.



The course consists of 7 lessons (15-120 minutes each and totalling 7 hours), organized in two units.

Unit 1: Basic concepts for reporting gas emissions and removals from agriculture and land use

  • Lesson 1.1 Why is it important to monitor greenhouse gases from agriculture and land use?
  • Lesson 1.2 National Greenhouse Gas Inventory for agriculture, forestry and other land use

Unit 2: Building a national Greenhouse Gas Inventory for agriculture

  • Lesson 2.1 Introduction
  • Lesson 2.2 Livestock-related emissions
  • Lesson 2.3 Soil-related emissions: managed soilsce
  • Lesson 2.4 Soil-Related: Rice Cultivation, Liming and Urea Fertilisation
  • Lesson 2.5 Fire-related emissions

To take the course online, register here