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.