CTCN Consortium: Training "Accounting for Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals through REDD+ Activities"


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CTCN Consortium partner, the Department of Natural Resources Management at the Asian Institute of Technology, will organize a training course "Accounting for Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals through REDD+ Activities" on 27 November – 4 December 2016 at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok in Thailand.  Final closing date for applications is 30 September 2016.

REDD+ scheme is a result-based scheme offering financial compensation to developing countries for reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation PLUS conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. Addition to emission reductions, the REDD+ scheme requires that socio-economic benefits for local people and biodiversity be safeguarded when REDD+ project is implemented. Therefore, information on carbon biomass per individual trees, forests, and carbon emissions becomes increasingly necessary. The Paris Agreement reached in December 2015 at the COP21 of the United Framework Convention on Climate Change on limiting greenhouse gas emissions strengthens to need for tropical forest protection for climate change mitigation and sustainable development through the REDD+ activities.

Training Objectives

This training course is designed to provide trainees the knowledge needed to estimate carbon stocks in forests in their respective countries using forest inventory data. Trainees will learn how to estimate carbon biomass in individual tree species, forest carbon stocks at landscape, regional, and country levels. They will also learn the basics of REDD+ activities and how to achieve emission reductions under one or more REDD+ activities. In addition, trainees will learn how socio-economic values and biodiversity can be safeguarded under the REDD+ scheme.

Course content:

1. Update on Paris Agreement

2. Intended Nationally Determined Contribution and REDD+

3. Estimation of Carbon Biomass of Individual Trees

4. Estimation of Carbon Biomass from Sample Plots

5. Estimation of Forest Carbon Stocks

6. Forest Carbon Stock Changes

7. Baseline Emissions vs Forest Reference Emission Level

8. Emission Reductions under Individual REDD+ Activities: REDD, REDD + Conservation, REDD+ Sustainable Management of Forests, REDD + Enhancement of Carbon Stocks

9. Forest Carbon Monitoring using Remote Sensing

10. Socio-economic and Biodiversity Safeguards

11. Payment for Ecosystem Services

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