UNFCCC Publishes Spain’s Fifth National Communication Review Report

19 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/IDR.5/ESP) of the in-depth review of the fifth national communication (NC5) of Spain.

The Expert Review Team (ERT) concludes that the NC5 generally provides a good overview of the national climate policy of Spain. The information provided in the NC5 includes most mandatory information required by the UNFCCC reporting guidelines and most elements of the supplementary information required under Article 7, paragraph 2, of the Kyoto Protocol, with the exception of information on the efforts Spain is making to implement policies and measures in such a way as to minimize adverse effects and a description of national legislative arrangements and administrative procedures that seek to ensure that the implementation of activities under Article 3, paragraphs 3 and 4, of the Kyoto Protocol also contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources. During the review, Spain provided additional information in relation to the missing parts.

The ERT also concludes that the transparency of the national communication could be improved with regard to some aspects in most chapters, and that Spain could improve the provision of information on its climate change actions by avoiding an over-lengthy report and by providing a translation of the national communication into English. [Publication: In-depth review of the fifth national communication (NC5) of Spain]