“The Professionals who will Restore our Ecosystems” (Natural Capital Partners interview)

Jonathon Shopley, the Director of Natural Capital Partners, interviews John-O Niles, the founder of The Carbon Institute in a wide-ranging interview about the unique challenges for conserving forests, the requirements of the Paris Agreement, and training the on-the-ground workforce that shift policies to protect ecosystems.   "Forest conservation and restoration is an acre-by-acre fight. This makes forestry harder to scale. It’s not a technology you can introduce, or even a single policy that works from one community to the next, and there’s definitely not ...

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TCI wins Award for Conservation Innovation and $100,000 prize

The Carbon Institute director and founder John-O Niles has been awarded in the first round of the Henry Arnhold fellowship of the Mulago Foundation, beginning in 2016, with training heading into 2017. The fellowship is provided to social entrepreneurs focused on scalable solutions to conservation and climate problems. The Henry Arnhold fellowship program was launched with the belief that the social entrepreneurship movement needs to penetrate more deeply into conservation and because development efforts to help the poor will ultimately fail if humankind continues to ...

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Mentoring in the Republic of Congo, Meetings in the DRC

In the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo, most greenhouse gas emissions come from the land-use sector (deforestation, degradation, agriculture, urban expansion).   Although both countries have many qualified carbon professionals, they still lack a sufficient number of well-trained terrestrial carbon accountants. These carbon accountants are needed to understand greenhouse gas (GHG) stocks and flows, to gain access to climate finance, to help inform mitigation plans and programs, and to report on pledges made internationally under the Paris ...

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Certificate programs featured at COP23 in Bonn

Professor Gao Jinping presents about the Terrestrial Carbon Accounting Certificate program being developed to train government foresters in China.   The Carbon Institute partners from China, Indonesia, and the United States participated in the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) for the UN climate change convention in November, hosted by Fiji in Bonn, Germany.   This was a busy COP for The Carbon Institute. During COP23, the partners presented about the Terrestrial Carbon Accounting (TCA) Certificate programs in China and Indonesia, which will ...

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Sustainable Capacity Building for the Paris Agreement

On November 6th, The Carbon Institute kicked off its two weeks at COP 23 with a participatory side-event.  The event invited the audience and panelists to discuss a key challenge for implementing the Paris Agreement - that greenhouse gas accounting and inventories are still an enormous challenge to many countries. Fully implementing the Transparency Framework of the Paris Agreement will require a massive increase in professionals with GHG accounting skills. Participants discussed what larger role academic institutions could play in supporting government needs. Click ...

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The Carbon Institute at COP23

The Carbon Institute partners will be participating at the following side events at the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn:   Paris Agreement-style capacity building: Balancing international standards & national context Monday November 6, 16:45 – 18:15 Meeting Room 12 (150)   Mainstreaming climate change into educational systems Wednesday, November 8, 13:00 – 14:30 Indonesia Pavilion   Visit our exhibit booth to meet with The Carbon Institute partners. To set up a meeting with GHGMI at the event, email: patrick.cage@ghginstitute.org   Check ...

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Proposed TCA academic programs in China and Indonesia

The Carbon Institute will be launching the first academic certificate programs in Terrestrial Carbon Accounting (TCA) in China and Indonesia in 2018. These TCA Certificate programs will be the first in China and Indonesia to comprehensively teach the suite of skills required for advanced carbon accounting in the land-use, land use change, and forestry sector. These certificate programs are carefully designed for long-term sustainability and to provide an expanded forest carbon workforce that directly meets government TCA needs.   Over the last year, The Carbon ...

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Webinar: Growing internationally-recognized GHG professionals in your country

Capacity building programs have helped REDD+ countries start to develop forest carbon monitoring and accounting programs, inventories, and REDD+ reference levels. Yet many countries still lack a sufficient number of domestically trained terrestrial carbon accounting (TCA) professionals.  Carbon accounting helps countries devise appropriate mitigation plans, and is also the core metric to evaluate whether countries’ are meeting their national and international climate change aspirations.  Additionally, countries with more advanced carbon accounting professionals will ...

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Trip Report: Forest Carbon Curriculum in China and Indonesia

Post by The Carbon Institute's Assistant Director, Anup Joshi.   As a part of in-country meetings with the partners, our US based team visited China and Indonesia, May 17-24, 2017.  The main objective of the meetings was to discuss the Certificate in Advanced Terrestrial Carbon Accounting curriculum with the faculty who will be teaching in each country.   Hangzhou, China Our time in Hangzhou centered on meetings between our US team and our partners at the Forest Carbon Accounting and Monitoring Centre (FCAMC) of the State Forestry Administration. &...

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How can we win the long game against climate change and denial?

This blog post by Director John-O Niles was originally featured as this month's Inside the Institute post at the GHG Management Institute.   This summer, the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute celebrates its tenth birthday. Anniversaries are a time to reflect on the past and the years ahead.   Given the ups and downs for international climate action over the last two decades, I can’t help but recognize that GHGMI has wisely played “the long game”. By “long game”, I mean rather than being distracted and following short-term policy fads or ...

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