Natural Resources Management field of study is pleased to organize a specialized training course below

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.








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

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

– 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

Dr. Nophea Sasaki
58 Moo 9, Paholyothin Highway Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
E-mail: | Phone: +66(2)524-5778
Access to 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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