Proposed Forest Reference Level (FRL)

Within the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and the increase in removals through the role of conservation, sustainable management of forest and enhancement of forest carbon stocks, are measured against the FREL/FRL. The FREL/FRL thus sets a benchmark for assessing the performance of forest-related mitigation activities allowing countries to measure, report and verify (MRV) emission reductions resulting from their mitigation efforts. Nepal therefore welcomes the opportunity to submit a FRL for a technical assessment in the context of results-based payments for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+) under the UNFCCC. Nepal’s FRL is prepared on the basis that the submission of the FRL and subsequent Technical Annexes with results are voluntary and for the purpose of obtaining and receiving payments for REDD+ actions, pursuant to decisions 13/CP.19, paragraph 2, and 14/CP.19, paragraphs 7 and 8.
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Supporting Documents for FRL
The documents provided herein are the supporting documents, prepared for better understanding of Proposed Forest Reference Level (FRL) Report that Nepal has submitted to UNFCCC in 2017. It is to note that the Proposed FRL report is under technical assessment of UNFCCC and hence all the associated documents should be considered as proposed (draft) that best reflect the situation of the reference period of 2000 to 2010.

1. Nepal Landcover year 2000 and year 2010
Download Nepal Landcover Year 2000
Download Nepal Landcover Year 2010

2. Nepal Forest Resource Assessment (FRA) reports
State of Nepal’s Forests (DFRS)
Middle Mountains Forests of Nepal (DFRS)
Forest Resource Assessment Nepal (Main Results)
High Mountains and High Himal Forests of Nepal (DFRS)
Terai Forests of Nepal (DFRS)
Churia Forests of Nepal (DFRS)

3. FRL Nepal Calculation Sheet:
a. Sheet 1 – Afforestation/Deforestation: Includes detail calculation tables of emissions from deforestation and removals from afforestation.
b. Sheet 2 – FRL Graph : Includes summary table and FRL graph for emissions and removals per activity for Reference period of 2000 – 2010.

4. Nepal NFI Plot Data:
a. Sheet 1 : Nepal NFI plot data containing plot level attributes on biomass, stems per hectare, stem size, human disturbance intensities, regeneration and management. (Source: Department of Forest Research and Survey, Government of Nepal)

5. WISDOM Nepal Upgrade Report 2016:
Detail WISDOM upgrade report for Nepal.

6. Forest Change Accuracy Assessment Samples
ESRI Shape point file of sample locations for accuracy assessment conducted for forest change.

7. Forest Change Area Above 2.25 Ha:
ESRI Shape polygon file of forest change area of patch sizes above 2.25 hectare considered for FRL reporting.