Harvested Wood Products

SBSTA 20 to SBSTA 24

At SBSTA 20 (FCCC/SBSTA/2004/6, paragraphs 20-22), the SBSTA took note of the submissions by Parties (FCCC/SBSTA/2004/MISC.9 and Add.1), that were requested for at SBSTA 19, as well as the information in the technical paper.  Parties, at this session, also agreed on specific topics for the workshop on HWP.  The workshop was to take into consideration the information contained in the submissions by Parties, in the Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines and the IPCC good practice guidance for LULUCF.

The workshop on harvested wood products took place in Lillehammer, Norway from 30 August to 1 September 2004.  Fifty-nine representatives of Parties and organizations attended the workshop.  The objective of the workshop was to increase the understanding of issues relating to HWP.  Participants at the workshop discussed and exchanged views on definitions and scope of estimation, reporting and accounting of HWP; methods for estimation and reporting; and approaches for accounting of HWP and the socio-economic and environmental implications of different approaches.  A workshop report, FCCC/SBSTA/2004/INF.11  was considered by the SBSTA at its twenty-first session.

At the twenty-first session (FCCC/SBSTA/2004/13, paragraphs 29-33), the SBSTA noted the need to further analyze the socio-economic and environmental implications, impacts on forest carbon stocks and emissions in Annex I and non-Annex I Parties, impacts on sustainable forest management, and impacts on trade, of reporting GHG emissions resulting from the production, use and disposal of HWP, including those arising from the application of the accounting approaches.  These issues were to be further considered at SBSTA 23.

SBSTA 23 (FCCC/SBSTA/2005/10, paragraphs 31-36) further considered methodological issues relating to the estimation of changes in carbon stocks and GHG emissions from harvested wood products (HWP).  Data and information on changes in carbon stocks and emissions of GHG from HWP and experiences with the use of relevant guidelines and good practice guidance of the IPCC to generate such data and information were submitted by Parties (FCCC/SBSTA/2005/MISC.9, Add. 1 and Add.2), at the request of SBSTA 21.  In addition, the secretariat prepared an information note FCCC/SBSTA/ 2005/INF.7 presenting information on HWP contained in previous submissions from Parties and in national inventory reports.  The SBSTA decided to continue the consideration of this item at its twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth sessions.

At the request of some Parties during SBSTA 24 (FCCC/SBSTA/2006/5, paragraphs 65-70), the planned consultations for the agenda item on HWP was merged with the consultations for the agenda item on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines for national greenhouse gas inventories (FCCC/SBSTA/2006/5, paragraphs 59-64).

At this session, SBSTA invited Parties in a position to do so to voluntarily report on HWP in their national inventories in a manner consistent with current UNFCCC reporting guidelines.  The SBSTA agreed to return to the consideration of this item at its twenty-sixth session under two separate context:

  • to discuss reporting of harvested wood products in the context of its consideration of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines; and

  • to also consider other issues associated with harvest wood products.

Harvested Wood Products at SBSTA 4-19