The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), at its twenty-ninth session, requested
its Chair to organize an expert meeting before its thirtieth session (June 1–12, 2009). The focus
of the meeting is on methodological issues relating:
- To reference emission levels for deforestation;
- To reference emission levels for forest degradation;
- To the role and contribution of conservation, sustainable management of forests, changes in forest cover
and associated carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks to
enhance action on mitigation of climate change and to the consideration of reference levels;
- To the relationship among the reference emission levels and relevant reference levels.
At the same session, the SBSTA decided to continue its programme of work on methodological issues, as
contained in decision 2/CP.13, paragraphs 7 (a) and 11, at its thirtieth session, with the aim of completing
this work by its thirty-first session and reporting to the COP at its fifteenth session on progress made,
including any recommendations on the remaining outstanding methodological issues as contained in annex III to
the report on its twenty-eighth session (FCCC/SBSTA/2008/6).
This expert meeting is part of the SBSTA ’s programme of work on methodological issues.
For the conclusions of the SBSTA, at its twenty-ninth session, please see FCCC/SBSTA/2008/13, paras
35-48. Background/update on "Reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries" can be
found at the REDD web site.