The United Nations Collaborative Programme
on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation
and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries

National Forest Monitoring Systems for REDD+ and Forest
Reference Emission Levels/Forest Reference Levels

The UN-REDD Programme, through its collaborating UN agency FAO, provides technical support to partner countries in the development of credible and cost-effective national forest monitoring systems (NFMSs). Countries are also assisted to develop their forest reference emissions levels/forest reference levels (FREL/FRL). According to the UNFCCC, these benchmarks must be established in order to assess a country’s performance in carrying out REDD+ activities.

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