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Quality Infrastructure and Climate Changein Latin America and the Caribbean
Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)
Niels Ferdinand, Katharina Telfser
Published in
September 2017
This study was carried out within the framework of the Regional Fund Quality Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Cli-mate Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean, starting in 2014. Its objective is to strengthen the capabilities of the quality infrastructure (QI) institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean in order to develop and supply new and innovative services in the fields of biodiversity and climate protection.

The project has a fund structure, which provides an optimum gearing of the support measures to the different national and sub-regional framework conditions. National and regional QI institutions submit joint project proposals with respect to biodiversity and climate protection. These are assessed and selected by a Project Steering Committee (PSC) according to well-defined criteria. This structure allows the different needs of the QI institutions to be addressed with the necessary flexibility, the implementation of trendsetting projects exemplarily and the strengthening of different QI elements, both in individual countries and in the region.

The project is implemented by the Working Group for International Cooperation for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB). The political partner is the Organization of American States (OAS). The regional organizations of standardization (Pan American Standards Commission, COPANT), metrology (Inter-american Metrology System, SIM) and accreditation (Inter American Accreditation Cooperation, IAAC) and their member organizations are directly involved in the implementation of the project. Representatives from regional organ-izations form part of the PSC.

This study examines which QI services can contribute to generating information, monitoring, and managing variables relevant for climate change mitigation efforts. It presents potentialities, chances and good examples of QI develop-ment in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was written by Niels Ferdinand and Katharina Telfser, and revised by the PSC members consisting of representatives from OAS, SIM, COPANT, IAAC and PTB