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Tropical Forests and Climate Change: Applications

2.5 ECTS Montpellier Year 2 Semester 3 Compulsory Integrative/inter/transdisciplinary 9


Land-use change in the tropics is responsible for 10% of human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). Tropical forests and tree plantations may be important carbon sinks and provide biomass fuel as a substitute to fossil energy, while reduction of deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) may significantly reduce anthropogenic GHG emissions. Commitment markets within the Kyoto Protocol and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) as well as voluntary markets provide opportunities for stimulating forestry activities in the tropics. The course provides basic training in implementing a forestry project for mitigation of climate change, in analysing a topical issue related to global change, or in establishing the GHG budget of a firm or a public institution.

Students in working groups are proposed to build a sequestration/mitigation project idea note (PIN) from a real case study within the CDM or volunteer standard frameworks, or the GHG balance of their campus, or a review of a hot topical issue on global change.

Learning outcomes

Students get understanding of biophysical and human factors controlling interactions between tropical forests and climate change and institutional mechanisms involving land use developed to mitigate climate change, and acquire methods for building the GHG budget of a system. They become aware of principles guiding forestry projects for the mitigation of climate change and of the problems they raise.

Teaching and learning methods

Practical group exercise (24 hours).

Type of assessment

  • Group
  • Written assignment, Oral presentation, Participation
  • Written report and oral defence of the group project


  • Location : Montpellier
  • ECTS granting : AgroParisTech
  • Organisation : AgroParisTech



Raphaël Manlay

Dr Raphaël Manlay

  • Senior lecturer (PhD)
  • AgroParisTech, Montpellier France