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Carbon Forestry Course (19 February – 08 March 2024)

Application for online participation still open!!

The (hybrid: online and on site) course runs between 19 Feb and 08 March 2024 in close collaboration with Freiburg Academy of Continuing Education (FRAUW), UNIQUE Forestry and Land Use & other renowned forest carbon experts. 

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: The course will happen between 19th February to 8th March live in Freiburg. Course fees are 1400.- Euro.

Deadline for application:

Application for the hybrid course is closed.

Applicants for the fast track (only online participation) are open until the 30st of January 2024. Fees are 1000.- €. 


With respect to climate change mitigation, the sequestration of carbon by forests and soils is one of the most important ecosystem services of terrestrial ecosystems. Therefore, large efforts have been undertaken and major political initiatives started to increase the carbon storage capacity of forests and their products.

Professionals with competencies in the development of land use based mitigation projects and with knowledge of related climate policy instruments at national and international levels are increasingly needed.

The Chair of Silviculture at Freiburg University offers – in cooperation with renowned partner organisations active in the land-use sector (UNIQUE, Solidaridad and others) – this 3-week course in Carbon Forestry. The continuing education course has been offered for several years to practitioners and scientist in the forest project sector and was considered highly useful for their further career.

Participants of this course will learn about recent developments in international climate change policy, as well as compliance and voluntary carbon markets. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to

  • analyse and evaluate land use project documents,
  • design carbon forestry projects (incl. REDD+, Afforestation/Reforestation, Improved Forest Management, Smart Climate Agriculture),
  • determine emission reduction effects and the amount of carbon credits generated by the projects, using appropriate methods and tools (including quantifying C pools in afforested plantations in the field),
  • plan and undertake assessments of carbon pools and fluxes to monitor forestry and other land-use carbon projects,
  • apply principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and environmental and social safeguards in such projects,
  • critically evaluate climate change policies, including development perspectives of carbon forestry and emission reduction markets, and
  • design financing mechanisms for forestry C projects.


With support of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, a limited number of scholarships will become available again in 2023 for selected participants (for eligbile candidates from developing countries) partly covering course fees (-100.- EUR), accommodation costs and daily subsitence allowance during the 8-10 days stay in Freiburg. For information about reduced fees and the application procedure please write us an email!


Photo: ArBolivia, Sicirec (Bolivia)


Contact for more information and application documents:

Dr. Joachim Schmerbeck
Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources
Institute of Forest Sciences
Chair of Silviculture
Tennenbacherstr. 4
79106 Freiburg

Tel: +49 761/203-8606
carbon.forestry Mail



Direct registration (form template in German) 

Reduced fees apply to 100% online participation or when eligible for reduction, e.g. low income/students, (get in touch!).

Request your application form by sending us an email until 30Sep 2023!


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