Training on forest cover change and carbon flux


A regional training on forest cover change and carbon flux was conducted by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) from 23 to 27 September 2013 at its headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The Director General of ICIMOD, Dr David Molden, inaugurated the training that aimed to deliver the method and technology to various stakeholders from the regional member countries of ICIMOD. The training chiefly focused on technology in back-end such as land cover change analysis, biomass estimation and stock assessment, emission factors, and the reporting of IPCC formats. 

Participants were also taught about land cover study, forest cover change analysis, quantification of biomass above and below the ground, soil organic carbon, and about finding the emission and expansion factors to enable carbon flux study. 

The training covered both theoretical background and hands-on exercise on carbon flux reporting in Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use (AFOLU). IPCC software was used for hands-on exercises, and the geospatial approach of carbon flux study from AFOLU was demonstrated using the national values from many national documents taking Nepal as a case.

ICIMOD’s Director Programme Operations Dr Eklabya Sharma concluded the training where he talked about the integrated scenario of ecosystem balance and the carbon and Green House Gas uptake in different stages of the ecosystem. He gave a demonstrative explanation of carbon uptake in atmosphere, land, plants, and oceanic ecosystems. 

A total of 34 participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Myanmar, Nepal, India, and Pakistan attended the training.