Forest & Trees Carbon Accounting 2020 Training Cohort

Updated February 27, 2020

ICLEI USA’s 2020 Forests & Trees Carbon Accounting Cohort Training Session is a 6-month structured technical assistance program to guide communities in the application of the newly released appendix to the U.S. Community Protocol for GHG Emissons Inventories.  Kicking off June 2020, ICLEI USA staff, with guest forestry experts from Woods Hole Research Center and World Resources Institute, will assist up to 20 communities in the process of assessing the emissions and removals of carbon through forestry and urban tree management. At the conclusion of the cohort session, participating communities will have a key element of the Agriculture, Forestry, and Land Use (AFOLU) sector of their community-wide GHG inventory. Applicants should have access to spatial data for forested lands and/or a tree inventory for urban trees.  If that data is not available, applicants should have a reasonable way to obtain those data prior to June 2020. ICLEI staff will facilitate data reqeusts in the leadup.

Session Dates
June through December 2020 [Exact dates TBC]

Who is this training session for?
Up to 20 ICLEI member local governments interested in brining forest and tree carbon storage into their GHG inventories and climate planning. Although useful for cities and towns, this session will be most tailored to county-level and regional governments with GIS capabilities and some land-use data.

Questions? Contact your ICLEI Technical Advisor or email

Session Schedule

Final dates TBC

Pre-Session [before June 2020]:  Determining your communities data availability and ability to complete an inventory.

Session 1: Overview of the Forestry Appendix to the USCP & Experience of Pilot Counties (Week 1)
Learn how carbon cycles in forests to influence emissions and removals. Define the data needs to inspect land use change, and learn from the experiences of the three pilot communities who completed their forest carbon accounting exercises in 2019.

Session 2: Data Collection using Spatial Analysis or a Tree Inventory (Week 3)
Develop a Land Use Change Matrix and start conditioning your data.

Session 3: Forestry Protocol Authors Content, Part 1 (Week 5)
Join authors of the Forestry Appendix to the U.S. Community Protocol for an in-depth primer on methods for forest carbon accounting.

Session 4: Forestry Protocol Authors Content, Part 2 (Week 7)
Join authors of the Forestry Appendix to the U.S. Community Protocol for an in-depth primer on methods for forest carbon accounting.

Session 5: Data Entry (Week 9)
Learn how ICLEI’s “AFOLU” calculators in the ClearPath tool can support land use accounting in your community-scale GHG inventory. Troubleshoot any final data needs.

Session 6: Land Use Decisions and Emission/Removal Potentials (Week 11)
Learn the difference betweeen passive vs. active land management and how those decisions impact carbon sequestration potential.

One-on-one check-ins (Weeks 12-17)

Session 7: Quality Assurance and Quality Control (Week 18)
Gain overview insights for what the U.S. Community Protocol and the Global Protocol require on AFOLU calculations. Participants will work through a QAQC Checklist for Forest Carbon Accounting together.

Session 8: Reporting (Week 20)
Report your hard-won efforts to gain recognition and credit for initiatives, including the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting Platform. This session will also cover producing an internal or public GHG inventory report, how to include forests in a climate action plan, and presentations to elected leaders.

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