China Highlights Forest Success At COP22

Hosted by the China Green Carbon Foundation and partners, John-O Niles, Director of The Carbon Institute, facilitated a panel discussion on China’s forestry reform and innovation.  With the program being part of the Institute’s COP22 line-up of activities, many developing country participants attended and shared useful forestry experiences and ideas across regions.   Dr. Li Nuyun, CGCF Vice-president and Secretary-General, shared the target and actions of China is taking within its forestry progress to address climate change.  Other panelists included Dr. ...

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Advisors Provide Recommendations to Transform Carbon Accounting Training

Over September 27 - 30, The Carbon Institute hosted its high-level meeting of the International Advisory Panel, designed to steer The Carbon Institute’s activities in China, Indonesia, and beyond.   We are fortunate to have the following individuals as advisors to The Carbon Institute: Dr. Ralph Keeling (Chair), Director of the Scripps CO2 Program, Scripps Institution of Oceanography H.E. Mr. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of State for Environment Emeritus, Peru, COP20 President, and COP21 Co-President Dr. Nur Masripatin, Director General for Climate ...

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All Partner Meeting and International Advisory Panel Convenes

Following a successful two days of partner meetings with Forest Carbon Accounting and Monitoring Center (FCAMC) and The Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management (CCROM).  We welcome our international advisory panel to California.  We will be meeting at the Big Sur Land Trust and at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego this week to meet and discuss how to train and empower a new global workforce to better measure and manage carbon.   Meetings are centered around discussing how to transform academic programming for terrestrial carbon accounting, ...

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Building lasting partnerships for Terrestrial Carbon Accounting in China

The success of any program hinges on the participation and ownership taken by the stakeholders. Communication among the stakeholders is a key for their active participation in building and implementing multi-national programs. To build a strong working relationship with our partners at the Forest Carbon Accounting and Monitoring Center (FCAMC), under the auspices of the State Forest Administration (SFA), China, our US-based team visited Beijing for working meetings over August 15-17, 2016.   Day 1 – We began with the very first handshakes with our partners, ...

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Training the Trainers in Cameroon: Lessons Learned and Future Plans

The Carbon Institute is finishing out the first stage of our partnership with CRESA in Cameroon, and moving forwards with our shared goals to develop a regional hub for TCA instruction in Francophone Africa.   In July, Anup and I conducted a successful mentoring trip to Yaoundé, Cameroon. Whereas our TCA course in September 2015 attracted a variety of motivated government and academic participants, this capstone mentoring trip was tailored to the key future instructors of the TCA courses at CRESA.   Having a small group allowed the mentoring sessions ...

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Building Competency-Based Learning in TCA with Partners in Indonesia

Our US-based team recently returned from a series of working meetings with our partners in Indonesia. We come back home with a lot more batik and even more enthusiasm about commencing this partnership known as The Carbon Institute, an international academic enterprise between the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and the Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management (CCROM) in Indonesia, as well as other partners. During this trip, we spent time with our partners detailing our shared ambition to develop a truly world-class Terrestrial Carbon Accounting (TCA) ...

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New partnerships to make the Paris Agreement a reality for forests

The Carbon Institute is excited to announce a new partnership in Indonesia and China. On the heels of the historic Paris Agreement signing, we are happy to be one of the groups leading the charge to implement the Paris Agreement on the ground as quickly as possible.   The Carbon Institute will be rolling up our sleeves and engaging in a new global project through a cutting-edge capacity building initiative:  International academic partnerships to design and implement a certificate in Terrestrial Carbon Accounting (TCA) at universities in China and Indonesia. ...

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When companies track their climate emissions

Voluntary greenhouse gas accounting has become common in the private sector, but is it helping?   The Carbon Institute and the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute are quoted in this March 28th, 2016 feature article on Ensia, a magazine showcasing environmental solutions in action.   Such accounting of country-level greenhouse gas emissions and reduction targets will be critical to the success of the Paris climate accord, signed by 195 countries late last year. “It’s the bedrock of the Paris agreement in terms of holding countries accountable,” ...

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Paris climate deal hinges on better carbon accountancy

The Carbon Institute and the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute quoted January 26th, 2016 in Nature News.   “We can’t implement this agreement without building capacity,” says John Niles, who directs the Carbon Institute, an arm of the GHGMI that develops training programmes in the measurement and monitoring of carbon emissions. “We need the right investments in the right institutions, in every country on Earth.”   Perhaps the biggest challenge is how to move quickly. Developing countries may need to begin reporting within a few years, ...

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Paris climate deal might just be enough to start turning the tide on global warming

The Carbon Institute quoted December 12, 2015 in Guardian News.   John Niles teaches greenhouse gas accounting at the not-for-profit Greenhouse Gas Management Institute. In Paris he launched an international partnership with similar trainers around the world called the Carbon Institute. They’ll educate a generation of greenhouse gas accountants who can do the work in every country the Paris agreement demands. And if countries can’t or don’t report properly, or try to hide what they are really doing, Niles says the same accounting skills can reveal the ...

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