Basic Forest Carbon Inventory and Accounting: Techniques and Tools

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The agenda is being finalized and will be posted soon! Topics include the basics of the forest carbon cycle, the major carbno pools and how to measure them, and the most common estimation approaches used for different spatial scales. We'll learn about the different reasons to measure forest carbon, and hear about forest carbon estimation from people involved in developing monitoring and verification systems in a developing nation, selecting projects for the Global Enviornment Facility of the World Bank, and working with projects related to payments for ecosystem services. Participants will learn how to calculate carbon change over time, evaluate the carbon consequences of different management practices, and where to locate the tools and resources needed to plan and conduct a forest carbon inventory. We'll also work on some calculation exercises, and discuss challenges and opportunities for forest carbon inventory in our home countries.

Background reading has been posted on the documents page - it would be helpful for particpants to read "Indirect methods of large-scale forest biomass estimation" and "Measurement guidelines for the sequestration of forest carbon" prior to the workshop.

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