Basic Forest Carbon Inventory and Accounting: Techniques and Tools

Course Agenda

Workshop Summary and Agenda
In this course, we will cover the basic principles of estimating forest carbon sequestration and discuss the various approaches available, as well as the differences between project scale and national scale inventories. Methodology will be consistent with the IPCC protocols. Participants will have an opportunity work together to develop estimates of forest carbon sequestration using inventory data and IPCC methods, and may bring their own data to work with.
We will also develop a post-Congress action plan, deciding which follow up activities the group wishes to pursue. Options include creating a web space for ongoing dialog, developing outreach activities, writing discussion papers, etc. Each participant will receive a flash drive with course slides, key IPCC documents, and other helpful resources. It is not required to bring a laptop but it will be helpful for the exercise.

The main topics we will cover are:

•Basic principles of forest carbon sequestration
•Forest carbon pools – definitions, availability of existing data
•Major approaches – data needs, when to use each method, which approaches are best for which spatial scale – differences between inventories for projects and national inventories
•Guest presentations: Forest carbon inventory for monitoring, reporting, and verification (Guyana Forest Service), forest carbon, REDD+, carbon finance (World Bank)
•Calculating changes through time
•Assessing the carbon consequences of forest management practices
•Guest lecture: overview of payments for ecosystem services
•Exercise: developing forest biomass carbon estimates from volume data using IPCC methods
•Questions and answers, general discussion, developing an Action Plan

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