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 Change, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia
  • Mr. Yan Hongwei, Section Chief, State Forestry Administration, China
  • Dr. Yonny Koesmaryono, Vice Rector for Academic and Students Affairs, Bogor Agricultural University
  • Prof. Xu Zehong, Professor, Academy of Forest Inventory and Planning, State Forestry Administration, China
  • Dr. Hannes Böttcher, BMUB (German Ministry of the Environment) Representative to The Carbon Institute International Advisory Panel; Senior Researcher, Energy & Climate, Öko-Institut
  • Dr. Guangyu Wang, Assistant Dean, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia
  • Mr. Ramiro (Rama) Fernandez, Director of Climate Change, Fundación Avina
  • Ms. Alex Neidermeier, International Programs-Cameroon Program Manager, US Forest Service
  • Dr. Saleem Huq, Director, the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Bangladesh

 

The Carbon Institute team at the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute was joined by our partners in China and Indonesia. Together we provided context and prompted our advisors with fundamental questions of how to design certificates in Terrestrial Carbon Accounting that directly address government needs and go “above and beyond” empower governments to higher levels of ambition.

 

September 29, 2016: International Advisory Panel chair Dr. Ralph Keeling and former Minister of Environment for Peru, Manuel Pulgar, walk and talk at the University of California San Diego. Advisors brainstormed high-level ideas for making The Carbon Institute certificate courses have maximum impact while being country-owned and managed. One of the themes was the relationship between greenhouse gas inventories and outside science.

September 29, 2016: International Advisory Panel chair Dr. Ralph Keeling and former Minister of Environment for Peru, Manuel Pulgar, walk and talk at the University of California San Diego. Advisors brainstormed high-level ideas for making The Carbon Institute certificate courses have maximum impact while being country-owned and managed. One of the themes was the relationship between greenhouse gas inventories and outside science.

 

The theme for the meetings was “Contextualize-Create-Capture”. With our time together, The Carbon Institute: provided context (introducing advisors to The Carbon Institute model), encouraged creativity (brainstorming, open-ended, and discussion-based), and captured the advice of the IAP (streamlining the best ideas into our workplans).

 

 

The extensive discussions between the partners and advisors led to eight critical categories of recommendations:

Recommendation #1: Engage government at multiple levels and other stakeholders in course design

Recommendation #2: Consider motivations of learners in course design and marketing, and adapt program accordingly, including through learner support services beyond the classroom

Recommendation #3: Develop International Reputation and Accreditation 

Translation in action

Mr. Yan Hongwei and Dr. Xu Zehong of the State Forestry Administration share advice about building a TCA program in the Chinese context in Chinese, as Ms. Rose Zhou translates.

Recommendation #4: Make smart, targeted learning objectives and outcomes to fulfill government needs

Recommendation #5: Recognize the importance of data curation and analysis through the university setting

Recommendation #6: Address the role of verification in the post-Paris climate regime

Recommendation #7: Look to the future (viz-a-viz technology, UNFCCC policy, REDD+)

Recommendation #8: Keep the big picture in mind, to ground the development of TCA Certificates in a larger goal of increased transparency

 

Check back soon as we synthesize the recommendations of our advisors into a full report and work them into our model for academic/government certificates in carbon accounting!