Pakistan Forest Institute
Peshawar, Pakistan


Forest Reference Emission Level of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Reducing emissions from deforestation, forest degradation, sustainable forest management, conservation and enhancement of enhancing carbon stocks in the forests known as REDD+, has emerged as a promising option for climate change mitigation in developing countries. Countries aiming to undertake REDD+ activities are required to develop REDD+ Strategy, Forest Reference Emission Level, Forest Monitoring System and Safeguards Information System. Forest Reference Emission levels and/or Forest Reference Levels (FRELs/FRLs) are the emissions baselines which will be used to measure emissions reductions under the REDD+ Program. UNFCCC has defined FREL/FRLs as “…benchmarks for assessing each country’s performance in implementing [REDD+] activities”.

Pakistan Forest Institute has developed Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL) for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under its ADP Project on Carbon Stock Assessment.