International Forest, & Environmental Development

Forêt Internationale, et Développement Environnemental

MFE 201: Forest Resources Management and REDD+

Course Details

The objective of this module is to enable learners to master the issues of forest resource
management in relation to climate change and the opportunities related to REDD+.

Articulations of this module include :
– Definitions
– Sustainable forest development
– Sustainable forest management (ecosystem-based management)
– Sustainable management of African forests (adaptation, participatory and multi-use
management)
– History of sustainable forest development
– Importance of forest management and forest concessions for sustainable management
– Organization and operation of forest concessions
– Ecosystem services
– Dependence of populations on forest resources
– Importance of local people’s involvement in the sustainable management of forest
resources.
– Opportunity of REDD+ in forest resources management.

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MFE 202: Environmental management

Course Details

The objective of this module is to enable participants to acquire or strengthen their capacity in
basic environmental management concepts, including policies, standards, certification processes
and environmental education techniques.

Articulations of this module include :
– Environmental Management
– Environmental management concept
– Environmental legislation, policies, procedures and guidelines
– Writing environmental policy
– Environmental assessment and environmental audits: basic concepts
– Environment: sectors and strategies
– Role of actors and stakeholders in environmental management
– Environmental education techniques
– Environmental standards (ISO standards, ISO 14000 series, ISO standard 14001)
– Environmental certification process

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MFE 203: Mining Management and Environment

Course Details

The objective of this module is to enable learners to acquire tools necessary for environmentally
friendly mining management.

Articulations of this module include :
– Issues and concepts
– Site characterization, rehabilitation techniques
– Monitoring
– Governance (economic considerations, process management and actors involved)
– Environmental, social and economic issues related to mining and industrial projects in the
implementation, operation and post-operation phases
– Arrangements applicable to the financing of site closure and rehabilitation and their
formalization in the form of “mining contracts” or any other type of legal vehicle;
– Methods for assessing environmental, social and economic impacts in the specific context
of mining and industrial projects
– Methods for managing mining waste
– Methods of decontamination and rehabilitation of mining and industrial sites;
– International standards for the closure and progressive rehabilitation of mining and
industrial sites
– Risk analysis methods in the specific context of closure and rehabilitation of mining and
industrial sites
– Environmental and social management plans in the specific context of closing and
rehabilitating mining and industrial sites

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MFE 204: Artisanal and Small-scale Mining Management Techniques (Low Environmental Impact)

Course Details

The objective of this training module is to equip relevant actors with sustainable management
capacities that minimize environmental impacts of artisanal and small-scale mining exploitation
in order to increase income from production and their contribution to national economy.

Articulations of this module include :
– General Introduction
– Small-scale mining
– Coverage of artisanal and small-scale mining in EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency
Initiative) reporting
– Introduction to initial estimates
– National sector analyses
– Social and Environmental Impact Assessment
– Management techniques for increasing revenues and minimizing environmental impacts
– Institutional and legislative framework for artisanal and small-scale mining
– Good practices in artisanal and small-scale mining

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MFE 205: Quality, Health and Safety Environment (QHSE)

Course Details

At the end of this training, participants will be able to develop and implement a QHSE policy in
the company; raise staff awareness on health, safety and the environment; assess and deal with
occupational hazards; manage the company’s occupational risks; monitor application of QHSE
regulations and coordinate response of accidents.

Articulations of this module include :
– Stakes and responsibilities of Quality, Safety and Environment (QSE) Management
– Management principles.
– Quality Management System (QMS)
– Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS)
– Environmental Management System (EMS)
– Integration and audit of QSE management systems
– Occupational risk management.
– Organization of the intervention.
– Industrial ergonomics and hazard study.

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MFE 206: Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) for REDD+.

Course Details

The objective of this module is to build the capacity of learners in MRV systems in order to
facilitate the monitoring of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and to assess
performance against the baseline.

Articulations of this module include :
– Definition and background of the concept (Measurement – Reporting – Verification)
– MRV/REDD+ institutional arrangements
– Criteria for monitoring/follow-up of forests (REDD+)
– Use of remote sensing and the spatially referenced information system (SRIS)
– Reference Levels (FREL/FRL) and Forest Monitoring System (FMS)
– Importance of national or local allometric equations for the implementation of MRV
system
– Establishment of land use databases (LUD) and a MRV system
– Establishment of a national archiving system for the MRV system
– Implementation of a Quality Assurance / Quality Control system

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MFE 207: Local Development and Climate Change

Course Details

The objective of this module is to enable learners to acquire tools that facilitate local
development taking account of environmental protection and REDD+ issues.

Articulations of this module include :
– Theory and concepts of economic and local development, as well as social economy and
socio-territorial development.
– Context of emergence or re-emergence of local concerns and initiatives.
– Local production systems, industrial clusters and cultural districts
– Actors in local economic development.
– Local development initiatives and socio-territorial innovation
– Community actor at the initiative of local development
– Examples of local development initiatives in Africa and at the international level
presented through case studies and interviews with actors that illustrate the various types
of intervention.
– Interactions of actors and development initiatives
– Conditions for the success of local development initiatives: sense of ownership, leadership,
innovation and cooperation networks.
– Positioning of REDD+ in local development.
– Payment for Environmental Services (PES) and local development.

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MFE 208: Integrated Wildlife Management

Course Details

The purpose of this training module is to build the capacity of participants on integrated wildlife
management and health risks inherent to wildlife interactions.

Articulations of this module include :
– Wildlife and animal ecology: definition and basic concept
– Introduction to ecological tools for studying wildlife (telemetry, camera-traps, drones,
calling stations, molecular biology, etc.) and transmission ecology
– Wildlife inventory techniques
– Wildlife conservation
– Ecological monitoring of mammals.
– Human-wildlife conflicts and their socio-economic and environmental impacts
– Qualitative methods for the design and implementation of socio-ecosystemic approaches
(social interactions, health and environment)
– Tools and approaches applied to the epidemiological study of wildlife (monitoring, risk
analysis, field data collection, molecular tools)
– Case studies on important wildlife diseases on animal and human population (Ebola, Foot
and Mouth Disease, HIV, African Swine Fever, Nipah Virus, Monkey pox, etc.)

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MFE 209: Land tenure security and REDD+

Course Details

The objective of this module is to train or build capacity of participants in tools for improved
land security in a climate change and REDD+ context.

Articulations of this module include :
– Definition of the concept
– Issues of land tenure security for REDD+.
– Land tenure law
– Land Governance
– Institutional framework
– Land Policy in Africa
– Land information system
– Customary law in land legislation
– Land registration;
– Land tenure insecurity and climate change
– Land reform and REDD+ mechanism

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MFE 210: Inventory of natural resources (flora, fauna, NTFPs, etc.)

Course Details

The objective of this training module is to enable learners acquire skills, abilities and knowledge
for the sustainable management of plant and wildlife resources.

Articulations of this module include :
– Geographic Information System (GIS) and natural resource inventory planning
– Forest inventory (flora, fauna, biological resources) in FMUs (Forest Management Units),
protected areas, council forests, community forests, common areas and woodlands
– New guidelines on georeferenced forest inventories
– Data processing and analysis
– Ecology and Ethology
– Statistics and Biostatistics
– Inventory techniques and standards

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MFE 211: Estimation of emission factors related to changes in forest cover: deforestation and forest degradation.

Course Details

The objective of this training module is to build capacity of learners on procedures and methods
for estimating emission factors from deforestation, forest and land degradation in a forest
monitoring system.

Articulations of this module include :
– Carbon stock changes due to deforestation and forest degradation by different
anthropogenic activities
– IPCC levels for estimating emission factors (EFs)
– Allometric equations
– Definition of allometric equations
– Determination of the allometric equations;
– Uses of allometric equations.
– Estimation of emission factors – gain-loss difference method
– Estimation of emission factors related to deforestation
– Stratification of vegetation cover types
– Carbon pools
– Data collection to estimate carbon stocks: field measurements
– Estimating carbon stocks and determining EFs
– Sources of error and quality assurance/quality control
– Estimation of emission factors related to forest degradation from different anthropogenic
activities
– Data collection for estimating EFs: field measurements
– Estimated EFs and total emissions
– How to estimate gains due to regrowth in anthropized areas.

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MFE 212: REDD ++ – Payments for Environmental Services (PES)

Course Details

The objective of this course is to introduce learners to the opportunities, mechanisms and challenges of financing and payments for environmental services under REDD ++. This course will also provide an opportunity to return to the fundamentals of sustainable management and draw on practical cases from countries that have successfully carried out PES so that learners are edified and can adapt them in their context.

Articulations of this module include :

  • Dependence of populations on forest resources;
  • Importance of the involvement of local populations in the sustainable management of forest resources;
  • Concept of sustainable management and development of REDD ++;
  • Sustainable management of African ecosystems (adaptive, participatory and multi-use management) within the context of REDD ++;
  • Activities and criteria of eligible projects under REDD ++;
  • Presentation of the various carbon sinks and links with climate change;
  • REDD ++ financing: opportunities and challenges;
  • PSE – Definition and justification;
  • Implementation mechanisms;
  • Estimation of ecosystem services;
  • The various institutions involved in the financing of REDD ++ and PSE;
  • PES markets;
  • Financing of PES;
  • Conditions for success of PES projects;
  • Management of PES
  • Presentations of the experiences of countries and projects that have implemented PES.

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MFE 213: Bush fire management in the context of REDD+.

Course Details

The objective of this module is to develop the capacities of participants on fire management as
a natural resource management tool to move from fighting late and uncontrolled fires to
controlling and managing early fires.

Articulations of this module include :
– Introduction
– Legal, political and institutional framework
– Rural fire management approach;
– National fire management plan/strategy
– Fire actors and cycles
– Presentation of good practice cases
– Development of maps for bush fire monitoring
– Methods for analyzing bush fire dynamics
– Bush fire management

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MFE 214: Use of UAVs for monitoring REDD+ activities and sustainable land management

Course Details

The objective of this module is to provide users with modern capabilities for monitoring forest
cover with UAVs. This module also provides participants with knowledge on the framework for
using these UAVs.

The module’s components include:
– Introduction
– Different types of UAVs: costs, advantages and disadvantages
– Uses of UAVs
– UAV usage guide
– Legislation on the use of UAVs
– Monitoring forest cover using UAVs
– Monitoring of farms using UAVs
– Application of UAVs in the REDD+ mechanism: opportunities, benefits, limitations and
constraints

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