Practice Guidance for Land Use,
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Land-Use Change and Forestry
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This report on Good Practice Guidance for Land Use,
Land-Use Change and Forestry (GPG-LULUCF) is the response to the
invitation by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC) to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to develop
good practice guidance for land use, land-use change and forestry
(LULUCF). GPG-LULUCF provides supplementary methods and good practice
guidance for estimating, measuring, monitoring and reporting on carbon stock
changes and greenhouse gas emissions from LULUCF activities under Article 3,
paragraphs 3 and 4, and Articles 6 and 12 of the Kyoto Protocol.
GPG-LULUCF assists countries in producing inventories for the land use,
land-use change and forestry sector that are neither over- nor underestimates
so far as can be judged, and in which uncertainties are reduced as far as
practicable. It supports the development of inventories that are transparent,
documented, consistent over time, complete, comparable, assessed for
uncertainties, subject to quality control and quality assurance, and efficient
in the use of resources.
The GPG-LULUCF is
consistent with the existing good practice
guidance for the other sector and addresses:
Choice of estimation method within the context of the IPCC Guidelines;
Quality assurance and quality control procedures to provide cross-checks
during the inventory compilation;
Data and information to be documented, archived and reported to facilitate
review and assessment of inventory estimates;
Quantification of uncertainties at the source or sink category level and
for the inventory as a whole, so that resources available can be directed
toward reducing uncertainties over time, and the improvement can be tracked.
GPG-LULUCF provides guidance related to the specific features of the
LULUCF sector on consistent representation of land areas, sampling for area
estimates and for estimating emissions and removals, verification, and guidance
on how to complement the Convention reporting for the LULUCF sector to meet the
supplementary requirements under the Kyoto Protocol.
The development of
good practice guidance for LULUCF sector is a step in the IPCCs on-going
programme of inventory development and will also support future revisions of
the IPCC Guidelines themselves.
adopted/accepted by the IPCC Plenary at its 21st session held in
3-7 November, 2003.
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