Training

2017

Training Course: Forest Carbon Accounting Protocols and Methods for Estimating Emission Reductions and Removals

Training Date: 24 – 30 July 2017
Training Venue: Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand
Training Capacity: 25 Trainees
Please register here to secure your seats.

WHY THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS NEEDED TO ENGAGE IN FOREST CARBON OFFSETTING SCHEMES?

There are increasing interests in climate change mitigation through better forest management, reducing deforestation and forest degradation, forest restoration and plantations in developed and developing countries. Of particular interest, the adoption of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) scheme and Paris Agreement of the UNFCCC have stimulated international discussions on reducing carbon emissions for financial support under the REDD+ scheme. Furthermore, using carbon credits as part of the CSR and company branding has increasingly become part of the private sector’s responsible business. Although progresses have been made regarding emission reductions and performance-based financial compensation, understanding international processes, how such emissions can be accounted for at local, subnational, and national levels, and principles, protocols, and methods to be used remain to be addressed.

WHAT SKILLS THE TRAINING PROVIDES?

This training course is designed to provide trainees the knowledge needed to estimate carbon stocks in forests in their respective countries using forest forest cover changes and inventory data with the aid of Remote Sensing and GIS technologies. Trainees will learn the forest carbon accounting principles and protocols, and methods to be used for individual protocols in addition to learning on 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 or removals under one or more activities. In addition, trainees will learn how socio-economic values and biodiversity can be safeguarded under the REDD+ scheme. Analysis on the approved methodologies of Verified Carbon Standard and Plan Vivo will also be discussed. Hand-on exercises such as calculation of carbon stocks in different carbon pools and future projections of emissions, emission reductions, and removals will also be provided.

WHAT ARE THE TRAINING BENEFITS?

Trainees will learn the most recent updates on forest carbon offsetting schemes (including REDD+), carbon accounting principles, protocols and methodologies used by different carbon standards.
Trainee will also learn the use of Remote Sensing and GIS technologies for monitoring forest cover changes and related carbon stocks. Special emphasis on the use of Google Earth Engine will be made.
Training materials can be further used to train other interested parties in their respective countries or communities.

DELIVERY MODULES

I. Overviews of International Agreements (Two hours)
Trainer: Nophea Sasaki

II. Overviews of Carbon Markets (Two hours)
Nophea Sasaki

III. Understanding the Basics of Forest Carbon Accounting in Context of REDD+
Trainer: Kamran Asif

IV. Forest Carbon Accounting Principles and Protocols (Four hours)
Trainer: Nophea Sasaki

V. Estimation of Emission Factors at Sub-National and National Level
Trainer: Kamran Asif

VI. Forest Carbon Monitoring and Exercises (2 + 4 hours)
Trainer: Nophea Sasaki

VII. Estimation of Emission Reductions at Project, Subnational and National levels
Project level (1 + 2 hours), Trainer: Nophea Sasaki
Subnational level (1 + 2 hours), Trainer: Kamran Asif
National level (1 + 2 hours), Trainer: Kamnran Asif

VIII. Application of Google Earth Engine and Remote Sensing Technology in Forest Carbon Monitoring (3 + 5 hours)
Trainer: Manjunatha Venkatappa and Prof. Rajendra Shrestha

IX. Fieldworks: Forest inventory (1 day), Livelihood observation (1 day)

X. Development of a forestry carbon project
Trainer: Nophea Sasaki and all

COURSE INSTRUCTORS

Dr. Nophea Sasaki, Associate Professor and Carbon Accounting Expert
Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha, Professor and RS/GIS Expert
Mr. Kamran Hussain, REDD+ Expert
Mr. Manjunatha Venkatappa, RS/GIS and GEE Expert

Who can apply?

Governmental officials, researchers, NGOs, carbon developers, Students and local community leaders who:
• are interested in forest carbon accounting protocols
• are working in the MRV unit or national REDD+ taskforce or similar
• are interested in forest carbon project development and implementation
• are interested in further research in forest carbon accounting methods
• are interested in forest carbon credits for CSR or company branding
• are interested to learn and apply advance Geospatial applications their REDD+ projects

Requirements?

• Basic knowledge of forestry
• Some knowledge of climate policy and REDD+
• Willingness to spend few days for field data collection exercise
• Willingness to do carbon accounting exercise (data entry, analysis, interpretation, and presentation)
• Some knowledge of and willingness to learn Remote sensing and GIS applications

When Registration and closing?

Please register at the earliest to secure your seat. Only 25 seats are available on a first come first serve basis. Your seat will be confirmed as soon as your payment is received. Registration is closed after 25th June 2017.

Fees and Payment Methods

Course fees
US$2,000 including accommodation at AITCC, Coffee break, lunch, training materials, local transport and airport pickup
US$1,500 for trainees who do not need accommodation, local transportation and airport pickup
Payment instruction is provided below. Payment deadline is stated in the invitation letter. Please mention “Forest Carbon Account Training” in your Transfer Notice. Payments of the fees can be paid in either US Dollars or in Thai Baht through the bank account below:
Bank Name: Siam Commercial Bank, Thammasat University Hospital Branch
Name of A/C: ASIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Current A/C # 468-046301-2
Address: 95 Moo 8, Klong Nueng, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
Swift code: SICOTHBK

Contact

Dr. Nophea Sasaki
NRM-SERD, AIT
58 Moo 9, Paholyothin Highway Klong Luang
Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
E-mail: nopheas@ait.asia
Please register here to secure your seats.


2016

Title: Accounting for Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals through REDD+ Activities
Training Date: 27 November – 4 December 2016
Training Venue: Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand
Training Capacity: 25 Trainees

 

This training course is organized in association with the SERVIR-Mekong of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, USAID/NASA; Yamaguchi University; the International Tropical Timber Organization; and UN-REDD Programme, FAO, UNDP, and UNEP. A detailed training program is available here but the updated program is sent to the registered applicants directly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

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 at project, regional and country level using forest inventory data and mapping technology. Trainees will learn how to estimate carbon biomass in individual tree species and forest carbon stocks with specific examples and hand-on exercises. 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
Course Instructors (more coming soon)

1. Dr. Nophea Sasaki: NRM-AIT Associate Professor and recognized REDD+ expert, global expert panel on REDD+, forest management and biodiversity conservation, REDD+ advisor to Japan’s FFPRI REDD+ center
2. Dr. Rajendra P. Shrestha: NRM-AIT Professor and recognized expert in applications of GIS and remote sensing to forest carbon monitoring and land use planning
3. Dr. Masahiko Nagai: RS/GIS-AIT Visiting Associate Professor and Associate Professor at Tokyo University, recognized expert in  space system engineering, satellite remote sensing and global gavigation satellite system
4. Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal: Energy-AIT Associate Professor and recognized expert in climate and energy policy, Coordinating Lead Author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC for the Group III dealing with the human settlements and the climate change mitigation.
5. Dr. Hwan Ok Ma: Senior Project Manager, International Tropical Timber Organization and NRM Adjunct Faculty

Who should attend?

Governmental officials, researchers, NGOs, carbon developers, and local community leaders who:
1. are interested in forest carbon accounting
2. are working in the MRV unit or national REDD+ taskforce or similar
3. are interested in participating in REDD+ project development and implementation
4. are interested in further research in forest carbon cycling modeling
5. are advising the development of MRV system

Course fees

US$2,000 including local transport, accommodation at AITCC, meals, training materials, and fees.
US$1,500 for trainees who do not need accommodation, transportation, breakfast and dinner

Registration (late)

Please register here now to secure your seat. Only 25 seats are available on a first come first serve basis.
(Please note that the seats will be given to the late applicants only when previously registered applicants failed to pay on time)

Payment Methods

Payment instruction is sent to the selected trainees.

Closing Date for Applications

Interested trainees should apply early to secure your spot. Once 25 applications  are received from the paid trainees or their sponsors, no more application will be accepted. Although closing date has passed, you may want to apply but you will get the seats only when previously registered applicants failed to pay on time.

Organizing Committee

Chair: Dr. Nophea Sasaki, NRM Associate Professor and Coordinator
Vice Chair: Dr. Rajendra Shrestha, NRM Professor and SERD Dean

Members
– Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Energy
– Dr. Masahiko Nagai, RM-GIS Visiting Associate Professor

Assistants
– Mr. Manjunatha Venkatappa: Technical matter
– Ms. Thida Tieng: Technical matter
– Ms. Pinyarat Chayaporn: Field excursion facilitation
– Ms. Thanaporn Trakuldit: Field excursion facilitation
– Mr. Vasan Narula: Logistic support
– Ms. Usa Cherdchoo: Logistic support
– Ms. Kamonporn Upakankaew: Logistic support

Contact
Dr. Nophea Sasaki
NRM-SERD, AIT
58 Moo 9, Paholyothin Highway Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
E-mail: nopheas@ait.asia | Phone: +66(2)524-5778
Access to AIT: www.ait.ac.th/about/visiting-ait

This training course is organized by the Natural Resources Management field of study, the SERD, AIT in association with several leading institutions.

Articles of Interest

Sasaki, N. et al. (2016) Forest reference emission level and carbon sequestration in Cambodia. Global Ecology and Conservation 7, 82–96.
Sanchez, M. et al. (2014) Emerging approaches to Forest Reference Emission Levels and/or Forest Reference Levels for REDD+. UN-REDD Programme, FAO, UNDP, UNEP. FAO, Rome.
Basuki T.M., et al. (2009) Allometric equations for estimating the above-ground biomass in tropical lowland Dipterocarp forests. Forest Ecology and Management 257, 1684–1694.
Fayolle, A. et al. (2013) Tree allometry in Central Africa: Testing the validity of pantropical multi-species allometric equations for estimating biomass and carbon stocks. Forest Ecology and Management 305, 29–37
Asner, G.P. & Mascaro, J. (2014) Mapping tropical forest carbon: Calibrating plot estimates to a simple LiDAR metric. Remote Sensing of Environment 140, 614–624.

Short Video explaining about REDD+ by the Global Canopy Programme

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