USAID’s Transparency and Long-Term Strategies (T-LTS) project supports countries in developing robust, transparent long-term strategies (LTS) for low-emissions development. This two-year project focuses on building regional and country capacity to model and report on development, economic, and greenhouse gas emissions scenarios to the year 2050. LTS help to define country priorities and inform the development of near-term activities, such as five-year mitigation targets, to achieve mid-century goals.
While the position of the United States on the Paris Agreement remains unchanged, enhancing transparency in reporting and review continues to be a core priority of the U.S. government. Under the Paris Agreement, countries have committed to increasing the transparency of their methodologies, data, and assumptions for estimating and projecting greenhouse gas emissions. The Paris Agreement also includes voluntary provisions for the development of LTS starting in 2020. Improved transparency and long-term planning meets not only climate objectives but also broader development objectives. Transparency supports good governance, monitoring and evaluation of assistance, more stable investment environments, and contributes to a level playing field for U.S. companies operating in emerging markets
Although countries have made ambitious commitments under the Paris Agreement, most parties have low capacity to meet the transparency requirements or to develop LTS. There is a significant need for technical assistance, especially at this pivotal point of the implementation of the Agreement.
The T-LTS project is addressing transparency and LTS needs with four key activities:
- Holding regional workshops focused on developing country capacity for LTS analysis and modeling;
- Providing in-depth, bilateral capacity development for select partner countries;
- Developing guidance documents, factsheets, and tools based on needs identified through regional and bilateral engagements; and
- Producing trainings on best practices in LTS and transparency.
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