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Meridian Hosted Consultation on Guidelines for REDD+ Reference Levels Draft Report

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

During the course of the June 2011 meetings of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)  in Bonn, Germany, a group of independent, international expert authors delivered the report Modalities for REDD+ Reference Levels: Technical and Procedural Issues. The report was intended to provide an objective analysis of technical and procedural issues associated with setting modalities for REDD+ Reference Levels (RLs).
In response to input received in June, the authors began work on a second phase of the report that further develops options for guidelines for the preparation of REDD+ RLs by developing countries that wish to participate in a potential REDD+ mechanism under the UNFCCC. The second phase of the report will also provide examples to further amplify the suggested guidelines.
The authors delivered the second report, "Guidelines for REDD+ Reference Levels: Principles and Recommendations," at the seventeenth session of the Conference of Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa, on 5 December 2011. To inform this report, the authors and Meridian Institute convened a two-hour consultation meeting to discuss a report draft at the UNFCCC Ad Hoc Working Group meetings in Panama City, Panama.
The report on guidelines for the preparation of REDD+ Reference Levels was intended to help inform the Government of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) as well as other key stakeholders and government negotiators as appropriate. The Meridian Institute, a nonprofit NGO that convenes and facilitates neutral and independent dialogues and assessments, was commissioned to facilitate the development of the two Reference Levels reports.