Topic outline

This course provides the necessary knowledge to build a sustainable National Greenhouse Gas Inventory (NGHGI) and assess greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the agriculture sector. It focuses on the biological and physical process that lead to the production of emissions from agriculture-related activities.


This course is designed for staff in relevant national agencies tasked with the preparation of the NGHGI for the Agricultural sector. It is useful in strengthening institutional and technical capacities in national entities in meeting the enhanced transparency requirements of the Paris Agreement. It is also useful to those wishing to improve their knowledge on the UNFCCC reporting processes.

  • Role of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines for NGHGIs
  • Inventory cycle and main elements and principles for the preparation of GHG inventories
  • Estimating GHG from the agriculture sector
  • Methodological improvements between the diverse versions of the IPCC guidelines

The course consists of 5 lessons, ranging from approximately 15 to 120 minutes duration each: 

  • Lesson 1 – Introduction
  • Lesson 2 – Livestock-related emissions
  • Lesson 3 – Soil-related emissions: managed soils
  • Lesson 4 – Soil-related emissions: rice cultivation, liming and urea fertilisation
  • Lesson 5 – Identifying anticipatory action

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

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