The Council adopted a decision on accounting rules and information for greenhouse gas emissions and removals resulting from activities related to land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF).
The aim of the decision is to establish a harmonised legal framework for accounting rules for this sector which are consistent with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The decision is a first step towards the inclusion of LULUCF activities in the EU's greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments.
Member states will be required to provide information on their national actions to limit or reduce emissions and to maintain or increase removals from the LULUCF sector.
This is aimed at stimulating the mitigation potential of the sector, increasing the visibility of measures taken and promoting best practice.
Appropriate land uses and management practices in forestry and agriculture can limit
emissions of carbon and enhance removals from the atmosphere.
For an example of the way rural estates can help to assess and mitigate their climate change impact, and to offset the impacts of other sectors, see Clinton Devon estate 'Climate and land energy plan' (www.clintondevon.com