At COP25 in Madrid in 2019, the Carbon Institute and its partners invited the international climate community to participate in the pre-launch of the Collaborative Capacity Lab, a proposed international academic partnership dedicated to building workforces to tackle climate change. The Collaborative Capacity Lab (CCL) will work in 42 countries across Central Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific to fill large capacity gaps in implementation of nature-based climate change solutions, carbon accounting in the land use sector, and technical expert reviews of submissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Through partnering with RIFFEAC (Réseau des Institutions de Formation Forestière et Environnementale de l’Afrique Centrale) in Central Africa, CATIE (el Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza) in Latin America, RECOFTC (the Center for People and Forests) in Southeast Asia, and USP (the University of the South Pacific), the CCL will train 400 new leaders over four years in designing, financing implementing, and monitoring natural climate solutions through four new regional postgraduate Certificates in Advanced Nature Based Solutions. The certificate programs will teach rigorous use of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Inventories, the required accounting standards for the Paris Agreement, and mentor 160 new experts in Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) reviews, an essential and yet unmet element of the Paris Agreement.
Now, eight months out from the pre-launch event, the Carbon Institute has continued coalition-building work with the CCL partners to develop the concept further, assess priorities for regional engagement, and begin fundraising for an initial seed commitment to accelerate work on the project. The Carbon Institute, RIFFEAC, CATIE, RECOFTC, and USP welcome the engagement of foundation and philanthropic partners this fall to bring this important collaboration to fruition and accelerate the development of the international workforce necessary to address the nexus of land use and climate change.