CLIMATE CHANGE AND TROPICAL FORESTRY: MONITORING AND POLICIES

Second cycle degree in FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI (Ord. 2017)

Campus: LEGNARO (PD)

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: LAURA SECCO

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: A basic forest background (both about forest management and forest policy at international level) is strongly advisable.
Examination methods: The evaluation is based on two components: 1. Completion of compulsory e-Modules (see evaluation criteria for details), on the basis of an active and positive participation to discussion fora on-line, by respecting deadlines, and on the basis of quality of posts; 2. Satisfactory and timely completion of the final examination, based on a written report that students have to prepare and post on Moodle according to pre-defined timetables. Details are provided online in each single e-module and e-lesson.
Course unit contents: Deforestation is a major contributor to human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. This course introduces participants to the role of forests in regulating the climate, the impacts of deforestation and forest degradation on global atmospheric carbon, the rapidly changing framework of policy and tools for managing forest carbon, and implications for conservation and forest-dependent peoples.
The course will look in detail at the negotiations within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on emission reductions from forests (REDD+) and the various Fast Start mechanisms already operating, such as for example the UN-REDD program. The different options for finance including carbon markets and multilateral investment will be examined. There will also be a discussion of emerging environmental and social safeguards for REDD+ as well as links to agricultural roundtables and forest law-enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT) initiatives. The course will use case studies to illustrate key topics and create a space for discussion on directions for the future.

The course is divided into 5 compulsory e-Modules. The Modules are the following:

e-Module 1: “Starting up! Are you climate friendly?”, which includes 4 e-lessons (1. Log in and answer to the welcome letter; 2. Have you ever seen deforestation of forest degradation?; 3. Calculate your carbon footprint! 4. IPCC forescasts);
e-Module 2: “Problems and solutions of climate change”, which includes 3 e-lessons (1. REDD+; 2. Domestic initiatives, voluntary carbon market and supply chain; 3. Financial investments);
e-Module 3: “From carbon to ecosystem services”, with 5 e-lessons (1. Key concepts; 2. Adding values: ecosystem services; 3. Case study: water; 4. Project cycle; 5. Exercise 1: compare forest carbon standards);
e-Module 4: "Carbon accounting", with 2 e-lessons (1. Exercise 1: estimate carbon credits; 3. Exercise 2: audit carbon estimations);
e-Module 5: “Final examination” (based on an individual assignment).