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Assessment of Bhutan’s proposed Forest Reference Emission Level & Forest Reference Level

The Technical Team from the Department of Forests & Park Services interacted with the Technical Assessment Team from the UNFCCC on Bhutan’s proposed Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL) & Forest Reference Level (FRL) from 22nd June to 26th June and an additional day on 2nd July. The proposed Forest Reference Emission Level and Forest Reference Level were developed by the technical team from FRMD and WMD and were submitted to UNFCCC in January 2020. The FREL & FRL (once assessment is completed) will provide the baseline estimates on annual emissions of carbon dioxides (CO2) from forests and annual net sequestration of CO2 by forests of Bhutan respectively.

As per the submission, the assessment of FREL & FRL was carried out by experts nominated by UNFCCC. The assessment was conducted via virtual online exchanges which started at 6:00 PM Bhutan time. During the online exchanges, clarifications were sought by theĀ  Assessment Team on the FREL & FRL while the technical Team from Bhutan also sought advice from the experts on the FREL & FRL. Overall, the Assessment Team commended on the FREL & FRL submission from Bhutan and suggested few changes on the proposed FREL & FRL for consistency and future reporting. Accordingly, the Technical Team from DoFPS will now work in improving the FREL & FRL based on the recommendations from the Assessment Team of UNFCCC. The technical team from Bhutan was led by Hon’ble Director, DoFPS, and consisted of two Chiefs and officials from FRMD and WMD.

Reported by FRMD & WMD.