6.7 Guiding Principles – Reporting and verification of emissions and removals
- Effective reporting and verification processes require establishment of national capacity and good communication between the national institutions involved.
- Reporting and verification processes should aim for consistency in methodologies, definitions, comprehensiveness and the information provided between reported reference levels, results of the implementation of REDD+ activities and GHGI.
- Transparent, consistent, complete (in the sense of allowing reconstruction) and accurate data and information should be provided as part of the UNFCCC technical assessment and technical analysis processes.
- Sufficient information needs to be reported to enable third parties to be able to assess whether reporting requirements have been met.
- Internal and external technical experts should be used to assess the quality of information reported as well as of the overall effectiveness of the MRV system.
- Developing effective REDD+ reporting and verification can usefully be seen as part of a broader information system that supports sustainable development, and not simply as a necessity driven by COP decisions.