Uncertainty [MGD Sections]

UNFCCC decisions and requirements
IPCC good practice guidance
Relationship to UNFCCC
GHGI coverage, approaches, methods and tiers
Design decisions relevant to national forest monitoring systems
Land cover, land use and stratification
Forest reference emission levels and forest reference levels
Quality assurance and quality control
Guiding principles – Requirements and design decisions
Estimation methods for REDD+ activities
Integration frameworks for estimating emission and removals
Selecting an integration framework
Activity data x emission/removal factor tools
Fully integrated tools
Practical considerations in choosing an integration tool
Guiding principles – Methods and approaches
Remote sensing observations
Coarse resolution optical data
Medium resolution optical data
High resolution optical data
L-band Synthetic aperture radar
C-band and X-band SAR
Global forest cover change datasets
Ground-based observations
National forest inventories
Auxiliary data
Guiding principles – Remote sensing and ground-based observations
Activity data
Methods for estimating activity data
Maps of forest/non-forest, land use, or forest stratification
Detecting areas of change
Additional map products from remote sensing
Estimating uncertainty of area and change in area
Estimating total emissions/removals and its uncertainty
REDD+ requirements and procedures
Reporting forest reference emission levels and forest reference levels
Technical assessment of forest reference emission levels and forest reference levels
Reporting results of REDD+ activities
Technical analysis of the REDD+ annex to the BUR
Additional advice on REDD+ reporting and verification
Guiding Principles – Reporting and verification of emissions and removals
Financial considerations
Country examples – Tier 3 integration
Use of global forest change map data
Relative efficiencies
Developing and using allometric models to estimate biomass

Record Keeping [MGD Sections]

Integration + Estimation [MGD Sections]

Ground Based Observations [MGD Sections]

6.3   Technical assessment of forest reference emission levels and forest reference levels Previous topic Parent topic Child topic Next topic

The objectives of the technical assessment of FREL/FRLs submitted under the provisions of decision 12/CP.17 Opens in new window are:
  1. to assess the degree to which information provided by Parties is in accordance with the guidelines for submissions of information on FREL/FRLs contained in the annex to decision 12/CP.17 Opens in new window; and
  2. to offer a facilitative, non-intrusive, technical exchange of information on the construction of FREL/FRLs with a view to supporting the capacity of developing country Parties for the construction and future improvements, as appropriate, of their FREL/FRLs, subject to national capabilities and policy.
The scope of the technical assessment of FREL/FRLs, as defined in the annex to decision 13/CP.19 Opens in new window, covers elements that Parties should present in their FREL/FRL, consistent with the guidelines for submission of reference levels detailed in the annex to decision 12/CP17 Opens in new window.
Parties are invited to submit transparent, complete(1), consistent and accurate information. In this context, the following will be considered during the technical assessment:
  • the data, approaches, methods, models (if applicable) and assumptions used in the construction of the FREL/FRL
  • consistency with corresponding anthropogenic forest-related greenhouse gas emissions by sources and removals by sinks between the FREL/FRL and the national GHGI
  • how historical data have been taken into account in the establishment of the FREL/FRL
  • relevant policies and plans, as appropriate
  • changes to any previously submitted FREL/FRL taking into account the stepwise approach(2)
  • pools and gases, and activities included in the FREL/FRL, and justification of why omitted pools and/or activities were deemed not significant
  • the definition of forest used, if it is the same used in the GHGs inventory or the reported to other international organizations and why and how the definition used was chosen
  • whether the FREL/FRL is national, or covers less that the entire national forest area
  • whether assumptions about future changes to domestic policies have been included in the construction of the FREL/FRL.
The results of the technical assessment are published on the UNFCCC web-site(3), together with the FREL/FRL submissions and any revised submissions resulting from the technical assessment.

Complete means the provision of information that allows for the reconstruction of the forest reference emission levels and/or forest reference levels.
Paragraph 10 of decision 12/CP.17 Opens in new window agreed that a step-wise approach to national [FREL and/or FRL] development may be useful, enabling Parties to improve the [FREL and/or FRL] by incorporating better data, improved methodologies and, where appropriate, additional pools, noting the importance of adequate and predictable support as referenced by paragraph 71 of decision 1/CP.16 Opens in new window.