Training Course on ‘Monitoring Greenhouse Gas Fluxes from Natural and Agroecosystems’

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Closed chamber method of GHG monitoring

A 15-day training course on ‘Monitoring Greenhouse Gas Fluxes from Natural and Agroecosystems’, was organized in Chengdu in Sichuan, China from 15–31 December 2015 by the Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CIB-CAS) along with ICIMOD, ChinaFLUX, and the Asian Section of the Ecological Society of America. The course was organized to enhance the capacity of the different countries of the region for the research and management of greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes. 

Twenty participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Tajikistan, including ICIMOD staff, took part in the training. Course content was delivered through class-based lectures from renowned scientists and researchers and field trips to nearby provinces to better understand the use of small-scale and high-tech equipment to monitor GHGs in forests and agroecosystems. The training focused on information exchange on the current state of research internationally and in China and the role of GHGs in climate change. It highlighted the need for better research in neighbouring countries to fill the data gap. ICIMOD facilitated different sessions and group work and made individual presentations on GHG issues. The role of ICIMOD in supporting and providing a platform for a regional dialogue for policy makers and key scientists in the member countries was highlighted by various participants. 

The training course was well received by all of the participants. Discussions and interactions among the participants and facilitators led to a better understanding of GHG issues and paved way for joint research opportunities in the future.