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Monitoring GHG emissions from land use and forestry sectors - European Council and Parliament reach agreement on mechanisms.

The text as it stands now was negotiated in informal "trilogue" meetings between the
Council - represented by the Cyprus presidency - the European Parliament and the
European Commission. After the European Parliament adopts its position on first reading -
which is expected in early 2013 - the Council will approve the European Parliament's
position and the act will be finally adopted.

The aim of the proposal is to establish a harmonised legal framework for accounting rules for this sector which are consistent with relevant decisions adopted within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) framework, as a first step towards its inclusion in the EU’s climate change commitments.

According to the decision, member states should also 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.