At the opening session yesterday, the Chair of the negotiating process under the Kyoto Protocol cited three main issues of consequence:
- How emissions from natural disturbances are dealt with;
- The overall accounting approach for forest management and whether limits need to be placed on what countries can claim;
- How carbon stored in harvested wood products are dealt with.
A few parties have started posting their submissions for this session (Canada, Japan and New Zealand so far). These submissions are starting to be heavier on data, so people can see the possible implications of rule changes.