Policy Brief to AWG-KP15 with regard to LULUCF
Wetlands International supports an ambitious work programme that leads to comprehensive accounting. The current 3.4 voluntary activities of cropland management, grazing land management and revegetation are rarely selected as an accounting activity, while the emissions, and mitigation potential are both significant in many situations. Many countries have elected not to account for emissions and removals from forest management. Finally, there is currently no category that allows for the accounting of emissions and reductions from wetland management.
Not accounting for these emissions not only means that these emissions are ‘hidden’, but also means that there is no incentive to reduce them, which means missing interesting, feasible and often ‘low hanging fruit’ mitigation opportunities, which would help Annex I countries to achieve more ambitious emissions reductions targets.