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June 2005

Working Session on Land Use and Bioenergy in the Clean Development Mechanism

30 June 2005
FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy


The Kyoto/Marrakech agreement provides for inclusion of Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) activities in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), limited to afforestation and reforestation projects, and also for inclusion of energy-related projects, to the extent that they reduce emissions from fossil fuels. However, the agreement fails to recognize the interlinkages between land use and a key energy source for many developing countries, biomass energy. Negotiations focused on constraining LULUCF and dealing with permanence, leading to at least two problems:

Objectives of the Working Session

The purpose of the Working Session is to assess the above-mentioned issues, illustrate them with case studies, and propose solutions on how reductions of unsustainable bioenergy use in the CDM can be made eligible in the CDM. This will include a discussion of options on how land use and bioenergy could be better included under the Kyoto Protocol and subsequent climate agreements.

In particular, the Working Session will elaborate suggestions on how to address the definition of sustainable (or renewable) versus unsustainable (or non-renewable) biomass, will discuss existing cases and/or types of sustainable land-use/bioenergy systems and will identify necessary steps to reach their eligibility in the CDM.


Morning: 09.00 – 12.30, 30-minute coffee break: 7 presentations, each 15 mins. + 10 mins. discussion

Afternoon: 13.30 – 17.00, 30-minute coffee break

Group discussion and elaboration of an Outline for a Technical Working Group Paper. Issues to be discussed:

The working session materials (background papers, PowerPoint presentations) will be made available on the FAO Web site, IEA Bioenergy Task38 Web site, the ENCOFOR Web site, and a statement to be circulated widely. A press release was issued by FAO in the name of the co-organizers.

Target audience

Experts, policy-makers, participants from developing countries; approx. 30 participants

Date and venue

30 June 2005, Rome (FAO headquarters), before the G8 summit which has Africa, climate change and illegal logging as key topics (6-8 July 2005 in Perthshire, Scotland

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