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.

Prof. Rizaldi Boer discussing the MRV arrangements of Indonesia.


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 be launching in 2018. The partners shared their country scoping studies and the TCA best practice recommendations from the International Advisory Panel. The Carbon Institute partners participated in two side events, and shared additional information through numerous conversations at the GHG Management Institute booth.


John O. Niles, presenting on the success of the inaugural advanced TCA course.

On Monday November 6, the first day of COP, the side event “Paris Agreement-style capacity building: Balancing International Standards & National Context” highlighted the model of The Carbon Institute and other forestry and agriculture colleagues in designing academic programs fitted to both the national and international contexts. On Wednesday, November 8 at the Indonesia pavilion, partners participated in “Mainstreaming Climate Change into Educational Systems,” under the event category “Investing in Change Makers: Quality of Life, Life-skills and Livelihoods.” This event stressed the role of the

university in tackling climate change as research and

John O. Niles and Prof. Gao Jinping, team meeting.

capacity-building for change-makers. In both events, the in-country partners spoke to the needs and particulars of Terrestrial Carbon Accounting education in their country, and primed the audience for the upcoming TCA courses in 2018. The GHG Management Institute discussed the generalized model of The Carbon Institute and the success of the inaugural advanced Terrestrial Carbon Accounting Certificate.


In addition to sharing information about the TCA Certificate programs in 2018, The Carbon Institute partners followed the Paris Rulebook negotiations firsthand to enrich the international policy context curriculum and keep the material up-to-date for the first tranche of students in 2018. The partners also advocated for the role of universities in climate change policymaking. And, on the sidelines, the partners worked together as a team to plan for 2018 and the inaugural run of the Certificate programs in China and Indonesia.

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Prof. Gao Jinping, State Forestry Administration, China


Prof. Rizaldi Boer, CCROM-SEAP, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia


John O. Niles, GHG Management Institute, United States