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302 GHG Accounting for Forest and Other Land Use Projects


The course includes a step-by-step process of undertaking project-level GHG accounting for land use projects based on ISO 14064-2 and the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol for Projects. The course presents a universal and comprehensive understanding of accounting requirements consistent with international GHG programs such as the CDM.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) projects reduce the accumulation of GHGs in the atmosphere that can cause climate change. These actions are undertaken to create tradable credits to offset emissions from companies or countries. This course provides in-depth training on the process of GHG accounting at the project level for forest and other land use activities focusing on reforestation, forest management and avoided deforestation projects as well as being relevant to revegetation and agricultural soil carbon projects.

Throughout the course, illustrations and examples are provided from existing GHG programs that include forest and other land use projects. The course also provides a summary of the main GHG accounting standards and GHG programs that allow for land use projects, including:

  • The Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation
  • The New South Wales Greenhouse Gas Reduction Scheme
  • The Verified Carbon Standard (formerly “Voluntary”)
  • The Climate Action Reserve
  • The Australian Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI)
  • The New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme
  • The Alberta-based Credit Offset System
  • The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
  • The American Carbon Registry

As such this course provides a universal platform in understanding the issues and potential accounting aspects relevant to emerging climate change mitigation programs, both regulatory and voluntary.

The course includes quizzes and exercises to help you learn to apply key lessons. A Certificate of Proficiency is available and requires the passing of an exam for an additional fee.

Key concepts covered include:

  • Introduction to land use project accounting
  • Defining the project
  • Establishing the baseline scenario and selecting relevant GHGs
  • Quantifying emissions and removals
  • Monitoring, documenting and reporting
  • GHG accounting standards and programs

Who should attend:

Anyone with an interest in understanding GHG accounting for forest and other land use projects, in particular project developers, auditors, program administrators and investors.

Approximate number of working hours to complete: 16 to 20

Availability: This course is available online, 24/7


Anup Joshi

Anup Joshi teaches courses on the technical aspects of terrestrial carbon accounting which include field inventory, remote sensing, and GIS for measuring and mapping forest carbon stocks. These courses provide …

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