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The CMP, by pdf-icon decision 2/CMP.7 “Land use, land-use change and forestry”, paras 5, 6, 7 and 10, requested the SBSTA to initiate four work programmes:

  • To explore more comprehensive accounting of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks from LULUCF, including through a more inclusive activity-based approach or a land-based approach, and to report to CMP 9 on the outcomes of this work programme (paragraph 5);

  • To consider and, as appropriate, develop and recommend modalities and procedures for possible additional LULUCF activities under the clean development mechanism (CDM), with a view to forwarding a draft decision on this matter to CMP 9 for consideration and adoption (paragraph 6);

  • To consider and, as appropriate, develop and recommend modalities and procedures for alternative approaches to addressing the risk of non-permanence under the CDM, with a view to forwarding a draft decision on this matter to CMP 9 for consideration and adoption (paragraph 7);

  • To develop and recommend modalities and procedures for applying the concept of additionality, with a view to forwarding a draft decision on this matter to CMP 9 for consideration and adoption (paragraph 10).


The SBSTA continues its work on all these work programmes. Information about outcomes of this work is available below.
 
SBSTA 40 (June 2014)
 

The SBSTA continued its consideration of issues related to land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), following the requests contained in pdf-icon decision 2/CMP.7, paragraphs 5, 6, 7 and 10.

The SBSTA took note of the views of Parties and admitted observer organizations and also took note of the technical paper pdf-icon (FCCC/TP/2014/2) prepared by the secretariat in response to the request of SBSTA 39.

The SBSTA agreed to continue its consideration of modalities and procedures for possible additional LULUCF activities under the clean development mechanism (CDM), with a view to forwarding a draft decision on this matter to CMP10.

The SBSTA noted the possible additional LULUCF activities identified in the technical paper pdf-icon (FCCC/TP/2014/2) . It agreed to prioritize in its consideration the following groups of possible additional LULUCF activities in the context of mitigation practices limited to changes in carbon stocks:

  • Revegetation, including agroforestry and silvopastoral practices where the established vegetation is not likely to reach the forest thresholds selected by the host Party under decision 5/CMP.1, annex, paragraph 8;
  • Cropland management and grazing land management;
  • Wetland drainage and rewetting.

The SBSTA also agreed to continue its consideration of modalities and procedures for alternative approaches to addressing the risk of non-permanence in LULUCF activities under the CDM with a view to forwarding a draft decision on this matter to the CMP for adoption at its tenth session.

The SBSTA recalled its pdf-icon request to the secretariat to organize a workshop to facilitate the development of the modalities and procedures for possible additional LULUCF activities under the CDM and for alternative approaches to addressing the risk of non-permanence under the CDM. It agreed that the workshop will focus on an exchange of views on the following:

  • The scope of additional LULUCF activities to be considered under the groups listed above, including issues relating to land eligibility;
  • Applicability of the elements of the modalities and procedures contained in the pdf-icon annex to decision 5/CMP.1 to the possible additional LULUCF activities, including but not limited to:
    • Baseline approaches;
    • Additionality;
    • Crediting period;
    • Monitoring;
    • Approaches to addressing leakage;
    • Environmental and socioeconomic impacts;
    • Approaches to addressing the risk of non-permanence.
  • Possible alternative approaches to addressing the risk of non-permanence in LULUCF activities under the CDM.

The SBSTA encouraged Parties and admitted observer organizations to continue to submit, until 25 August 2014, their views on the matters mentioned above using the UNFCCC submission portal, for consideration at SBSTA 41 (December 2014).

The SBSTA agreed to continue, at SBSTA 42 (June 2015), its consideration of issues relating to more comprehensive accounting of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks from LULUCF, including through a more inclusive activity-based approach or a land-based approach, with a view to reporting on the outcomes to CMP 11.

The SBSTA also agreed to continue, at SBSTA 42, its consideration of issues relating to modalities and procedures for applying the concept of additionality, with a view to forwarding a draft decision on that matter for consideration and adoption at CMP 11.

Conclusions adopted by SBSTA 40 are available pdf-icon here.

 
SBSTA 39 (November 2013)
 

The SBSTA continued its consideration of issues related to land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), following the requests contained in pdf-icon decision 2/CMP.7, paragraphs 5, 6, 7 and 10.
The SBSTA took note of the views of Parties and admitted observer organizations (contained in FCCC/SBSTA/2013/MISC.18 and Add.1 and FCCC/SBSTA/2013/MISC.19.).

The SBSTA requested the secretariat to prepare a pdf-icon technical paper exploring options for the consideration of possible additional LULUCF activities under the CDM and alternative approaches to addressing the risk of non-permanence under the CDM as well as their implications for the validation, monitoring and verification of CDM project activities.

The SBSTA also requested the secretariat to organize a workshop, to be held before SBSTA 41, to facilitate the development of the modalities and procedures for possible additional LULUCF activities under the CDM and modalities and procedures for alternative approaches to addressing the risk of non-permanence under the CDM. It further requested the secretariat to prepare a report on that workshop for consideration at SBSTA 41.

The SBSTA agreed that any outcomes of the work programmes referred to in pdf-icon decision 2/CMP.7, paragraphs 5 and 10, will not be applicable in the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Consideration of issues under these work programmes will be continued SBSTA 40 (June 2014).

The report of the SBSTA on its 39th session is available pdf-icon here.

 
SBSTA 38 (June 2013)
 

The SBSTA continued its consideration of issues related to land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), following the requests contained in pdf-icon decision 2/CMP.7, paragraphs 5, 6, 7 and 10.


The SBSTA took note of the views of Parties and admitted observer organizations (contained in FCCC/SBSTA/2013/MISC.18 and Add.1).


The SBSTA invited Parties and admitted observer organizations to submit to the secretariat, by 2 September 2013, their views on specific possible additional LULUCF activities under the CDM and specific alternative approaches to addressing the risk of non-permanence under the CDM as well as views on issues relating to modalities and procedures for applying the concept of additionality.


The report of the SBSTA on its 38th session is available pdf-icon here.


SBSTA 37 (December 2012)

The SBSTA continued its consideration of issues related to land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), following the requests contained in pdf-icon decision 2/CMP.7, paragraphs 5, 6, 7 and 10.


The SBSTA took note of the views of Parties and admitted observer organizations on:

  • More comprehensive accounting of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks from LULUCF, including through a more inclusive activity-based approach or a land-based approach (contained in FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.19 and Add.1);

  • Modalities and procedures for possible additional LULUCF activities under the clean development mechanism (CDM) (contained in FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.18 and Add.1/Rev.1);

  • Modalities and procedures for alternative approaches to addressing the risk of non-permanence under the CDM (contained in  FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.16);

The SBSTA recalled its invitations to Parties and admitted observer organizations to submit to the secretariat their views on issues related to LULUCF and encouraged them to continue submitting such views until 25 March 2013.

The report of the SBSTA on its 37th session is available pdf-icon here.


SBSTA 36 (May 2012)

The SBSTA initiated its consideration of the issues related to land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) as referred to in pdf-icon decision 2/CMP.7, paragraphs 5, 6, 7 and 10. The SBSTA invited Parties and admitted observer organizations to submit to the secretariat, by 10 September 2012, their views on issues related to:

  • More comprehensive accounting of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks from LULUCF, including through a more inclusive activity-based approach or a land-based approach;

  • Modalities and procedures for possible additional LULUCF activities under the clean development mechanism (CDM);

  • Modalities and procedures for alternative approaches to addressing the risk of non-permanence under the CDM;

The report of the SBSTA on its 36th session is available pdf-icon here.

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Recent key decisions by the CMP
pdf-icon Decision 2/CMP.7: Land-use, land-use change and forestry
 
Recent conclusions by the SBSTA
pdf-icon Report of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice on its fortieth session, held in Bonn from 4 to 15 June 2014