Environment and development

ENVIRONET-WP-STAT Task Team on OECD Rio Markers - Second Experts' Meeting on Environment and Development Finance Statistics, 3 June 2014, Bonn

 

 

 

Hosted by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

The first meeting of the Joint Task Team on the Rio Markers was held in March 2014.

 

Please see the Main Points of Discussion of the second experts' meeting of the Joint ENVIRONET-WP-STAT Task Team.

 

Co-facilitators: 

  • Ms. Shanti Bobin, member of the OECD DAC Working Party on Development Finance Statistics (France), and 
  • Dr. Amal-Lee Amin, ENVIRONET Member (E3G).

 

Meeting objectives: 

  • To review progress and improvements in members' reporting to the OECD DAC on environment-related Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Other Official Flows (OOF).
  • To consider initial proposals to improve the Rio marker definitions.
  • To review the status of reporting, identification and measurement of "green" multilateral finance within the DAC statistical system.
  • To discuss proposals for improved future communication, user access and outreach on Rio marker data, including options for user training sessions and improved online tools and data visualisation.
  • To discuss emerging findings from existing approaches and exploratory analysis for transforming Rio marker data for the purposes of reporting quantitatively to the Rio Conventions.

 

Meeting Agenda


1. Round table: Progress report from members on reporting to OECD DAC on environment-related ODA and OOF

2. First proposals for improvements to the Rio marker definitions

3. Identification and measurement of "green" multilateral flows within DAC statistics

4. Communication, user access, outreach and transparency of Rio marker data

5. Drawing on the Rio markers for reporting to the Rio Conventions

 


Meeting Agenda

 

1. Round table: Progress report from members on reporting to OECD DAC on environment-related ODA and OOF

The stock-take of members’ reporting practices and the first Task Team meeting identified a number of improvements to be taken forward by members in their application of the Rio markers and in reporting to the OECD DAC CRS (options 1-6). Undertaking some of these improvements will be a continuous task and the ease of implementing these may vary by member based on differences in reporting approaches and institutional structures.


This session took stock of progress by members in reporting to the OECD DAC on the Rio and environment markers, including a discussion on the status of reporting. Members reported on progress and shared experiences and lessons.

 

Presentation by Ms. Julia Benn, OECD Secretariat

 

 

Mr. Jens Jugl (European Commission) presented on preliminary findings from a European Commission study on the application of Rio markers.

 

2. First proposals for improvements to the Rio marker definitions

This session sought participants’ initial views and discussed the first proposals for improvements to the Rio marker definitions and methodologies. These relate to the:

  • Adaptation marker,
  • Mitigation marker, and
  • Automatic marking against the Environment marker.

This was an initial discussion of the proposed options. Based on members’ feedback, a final proposal will be prepared for consideration at the Third Task Team meeting. Recommended changes to the methodology and statistical reporting directives will need to be endorsed by WP-STAT and the DAC thereafter.

 

Presentation by Ms. Valérie Gaveau, OECD Secretariat

 

 

3. Identification and measurement of "green" multilateral flows within DAC statistics

This session provided an overview of the latest developments in reconciling “green” multilateral flows within DAC statistics. This included a brief presentation of how these flows are treated in DAC statistics, followed by an update to participants on the collaboration between the Secretariat, MDBs and other international financial institutions to improve reporting.

The session also presented and discussed a summary of the review of the multilateral funds included on the List of ODA-eligible international organisations (Annex 2 of the Reporting Directives) in terms of their environmental relevance, the need to identify a number of other environmentally-focused funds through channel codes and the task of revising data on the CIFs (classified as multilateral funds as from 2013) retroactively. The session also considered priorities and next steps for future work.

 

Mr. Eduardo Ferreira (World Bank) presented on a World Bank study comparing the World Bank and Rio marker methodologies for estimating climate-related flows.

 

 

Presentation by Ms. Valérie Gaveau and Ms. Stephanie Ockenden, OECD Secretariat

 

 

4. Communication, user access, outreach and transparency of Rio marker data

This session provided a short update by the OECD Secretariat on the latest communication activities and proposals for future improvements, intended to improve understanding, access, transparency and trust in the Rio marker data. A research institute and user perspective, including initial views on the options for improvement under discussion through the Task Team, were also provided. Participants were asked to reflect on the current activities, and to discuss further scope for improvement and for future outreach opportunities.

 

Presentation by Ms. Stephanie Ockenden and Ms. Anna Drutschinin, OECD Secretariat

 

 

Ms. Smita Nakhooda (Overseas Development Institute) presented on "The Rio Markers in Practice: Observations on the use of the adaptation markers, and reflections on options for strengthening the system as a whole".

 

5. Drawing on the Rio markers for reporting to the Rio Conventions

 

This session considered how Rio marker data are being drawn on to date for reporting to the Rio Conventions and for broader analysis. This included a presentation outlining the use of the Rio markers under the UNCCD and analysis that the Rio markers enable the UNCCD to undertake.


Recognising the quantitative nature of some reporting requirements, the Task Team agreed to explore the options and basis for developing a harmonised methodology for how to use Rio marker data for reporting to the Conventions. During this session the Task Team considered the emerging findings and evidence for drawing on Rio markers for reporting quantitatively. This first considered the need and rationale for making quantitative adjustments, before reviewing the findings of existing approaches and available evidence. The Task Team then considered evidence gaps, and views from members were sought to inform the approach for further analysis and the development of initial options or recommendations.

 

Presentation by Mr. Simone Quatrini, Global Mechanism Secretariat

 

 

Presentation by Mr. Matthias Haeni, University of Zurich

 

Presentation by Ms. Stephanie Ockenden, OECD Secretariat

 

 

 

 

For more information, contact Stephanie Ockenden (stephanie.ockenden@oecd.org) and

Valérie Gaveau (valerie.gaveau@oecd.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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