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Carbon Sequestration in Watersheds


(value up to $750)
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24 Hours




Start Dates

August 6, 2023

Registration Deadlines

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About this microcredential

Carbon sequestration is recognized as a key method for removing carbon from the earth’s atmosphere and can profoundly impact our natural environment. This microcredential will help learners to understand the effect carbon sequestration has on watershed management and, equally as important, potential adaptations that can be made to support the health of watersheds.

This microcredential is focused on climate mitigation and adaptation strategies that increase carbon sequestration capacity through conservation, stewardship, and watershed management. Participants will learn about carbon sequestration and storage, how to integrate carbon considerations into watershed management, and the synergies between nature-based adaptation and mitigation strategies.

What will you learn?

By the end of this training, learners will develop and present a plan to increase carbon sequestration using nature-based solutions that will also support the long-term health and sustainability of watersheds.

The assessment for this microcredential will require learners to:

  • Determine goals for mitigation, adaptation, resiliency, and watershed health benefit of selected site
  • Choose appropriate nature-based carbon sequestration and storage strategies that will also support the long-term health and sustainability of a watershed.
  • Justify, using data and best practices, chosen nature-based strategies that increase carbon sequestration.
  • Validate carbon sequestration benefits with data

In order to develop competency, learners will:

  • Understand the difference between climate mitigation and adaptation strategies.
  • Understand the fundamentals of carbon sequestration and storage by natural assets in watersheds
  • Be able to identify natural assets that have climate mitigation and adaptation capacity in their local area.
  • Identify threats to current natural assets impacting climate resiliency, carbon sequestration, and storage capacity.
  • Describe the importance of riparian zones for climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.
  • Determine how nature-based strategies to sequester and store carbon can also meet climate adaptation goals.
  • Identify threats to carbon sequestration and storage capacity for a watershed.
  • Interpret information from a site visit to develop a strategy to sequester and store carbon appropriate to site conditions and the general watershed context and is climate resilient.

The training will benefit learners with advanced skills in understanding and applying new practices in environmental stewardship of their local watershed area. This training will also assist those interested in employment in the field with tangible skills in recognizing and documenting carbon sequestration in watersheds and adjacent parts of the ecozone.

How does this prepare you for the low carbon economy?

Climate changes will impact the ability of the four nature-based solutions (vegetation growth and healthy soils, seafloor integrity, addressing biodiversity loss, and adaptation to locked-in climate change) to sequester and store carbon. There is a need to ensure that offsetting GHG emissions and implementing these nature-based solutions do not lead to the offshoring of emissions or other damaging environmental impacts due to the displacement of land uses. Providing this training will help educate and bring awareness to individuals working in the sector now.