6.3 Technical assessment of forest reference emission levels and forest reference levels
The objectives of the technical assessment of FREL/FRLs submitted under the provisions of decision 12/CP.17 are:
- 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 ; and
- 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 , 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 .
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 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 .