Royal Government of Bhutan

Ministry of Agriculture & Forests, Department of Forests & Park Services

Watershed Management Division

REDD+ Secretariat

The Technical Team from the Department of Forests & Park Services interacted with the Technical Assessment Team from the UNFCCC on the Bhutan’s proposed Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL) & Forest Reference Level (FRL) from 22nd June to 26th June and 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 was 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 were 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 the  Assessment Team on the FREL & FRL while technical Team from Bhutan also sought advices 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.