Terrestrial Carbon Accounting International Academic Partnership (TCAICP)
As of: November 2018
Objective and activities
The Terrestrial Carbon Accounting International Academic Partnership (TCAIAP) catalyzes, coordinates, and supports academic programs in developing countries to teach terrestrial carbon accounting (TCA) professional development courses. TCAIAP will support global academic partners by promoting international best practices in TCA instruction. TCAIAP will facilitate North-South and South-South academic cooperation, including sharing teaching modules and coordinating joint faculty appointments. TCAIAP implementing partners are independent universities that are supporting their governments’ work on GHG inventories, REDD+ reference levels, and forest carbon MRV systems. The project will learn from pre-existing academic programs, coordinate efforts to ensure high quality impactful TCA program delivery, develop synergies with ongoing capacity building, and build sustained country capacity to teach TCA to inform and enable emerging REDD+ and related policies.
State of implementation/results
- Project website launched in 2016: www.carboninstitute.org
- In 2017, a draft of the planned TCA toolbook document and an additional online interactive „toolbox“ system were developed.
- So far, the project has completed the development of four TCA curricula: on the TCA policy context, TCA GIS and TCA data collection for China, as well as the TCA GIS curriculum for Indonesia.
- Four partnership meetings were held to share and further disseminate best practices in TCA certificates. The partners met in San Diego (USA, 2016) and Tiburon (USA, 2017) as well as at COP22 in Marakesh and COP23 in Bonn.
- A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with key institutions in China and Indonesia to begin running The Carbon Institute Terrestrial Carbon Accounting certificate programs in 2018.
- A first Chinese Terrestrial Carbon Accounting (TCA) Certificate course was completed in August 2018, with 79 graduates earning certificates.
- A first Indonesian Terrestrial Carbon Accounting (TCA) Certificate course was completed in September 2018, with 28 graduates earning certificates.
- Carbon Institute partners held their 2018 All Partners event at the Global Climate Action Summit. The Carbon Institute had two official summit “affiliated events”; both celebrating TCA Certificate courses in China and Indonesia and similar courses in Africa.
- Partners are now developing teaching materials for Blue Carbon, an important sphere for climate change, but one with few rigorous curriculums, teaching platforms, and no national accreditation system for evaluating greenhouse gas impacts in marine ecosystems.