Development of a Forest Reference Emission Level for the National System of Protected Areas in Guinea-Bissau

In response to Decision 1/CP.16, paragraphs 70 and 71, Guinea-Bissau aims at providing a positive contribution to mitigation actions in the forest sector by reducing emissions from deforestation, in accordance with its national circumstances and respective capability. The Government of Guinea-Bissau initiated a preparation process for REDD+ by establishing the inter-ministerial Working Group on REDD+ with the mandate to drive the initial steps and produce a multi-stakeholder Roadmap (and Policy Brief) for REDD+ readiness activities in the country. This REDD+ Roadmap lists the development of a forest reference emission level (FREL) - one of the elements to be developed in the implementation of REDD+ activities in the context of results-based payments - as the priority in the Action Plan. In January 2019, Guinea-Bissau submitted to the UNFCCC its proposed applying a stepwise approach in accordance with decision 12/CP.17, paragraph 10. The FREL was developed at subnational level for the terrestrial component of the SNAP, with the aim of transitioning in the future to a national FREL incorporating all forests in the country. The proposed submission was subject to a technical assessment facilitated by the UNFCCC secretariat. Submission and technical assessment report are available in the UNFCCC REDD+ Web Platform.