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This is the massive open online course (mooc) version of the UN-REDD Programme's successful REDD+ Academy -- developed with support from UN CC:Learn. This course is free and open to all. Upon successfully passing the final exam, a certificate will be issued. Learn more about the REDD+ Academy and access the accompanying Learning Journals here.

To register for one or more of the lessons in this course, please visit There you will be able to create an account and will be given further instructions about how to register.

Languages: Currently the courses are available in English and French. The introductory course is also available in Spanish.


This curriculum, consisting of three, self-paced, online courses, provides a basic level of understanding of the basics of climate change, deforestation and forest degradation, and the REDD+ concept. (Available in English and Spanish)


This course is based on two PROFOR–FAO publications on forest governance. One offers a framework for assessing forest governance and the other describes good assessment practices. In five modules, the course will cover:

  • What is forest governance?
  • How do you write an overall plan for a governance assessment?
  • How do you write a specific plan for data collection?
  • How do you collect and analyze data?
  • How do you achieve impact with your results and prepare for future work?

Target Audience: 

  • Staff of forest agencies
  • NGOs
  • Staff and senior students of Forestry Schools
  • Staff of international development partners


Register for this course here.

This course progressively works through the key themes, concepts and actions of REDD+ National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS) for Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) gaining access to a suite of GFOI methods and guidance, space data resources, training materials and tools along the way.


This course provides the necessary knowledge to build a sustainable national greenhouse gas inventory (NGHGI) and to assess emissions from the agriculture sector. The course contains a general overview on: the role and goals of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines for NGHGIs; the inventory cycle and the main elements and principles for preparation of GHG inventories (Unit 1).

Duration: 7 hours

Course is available online and may be available also for download and CD-Rom order. Please login to see the options and take the course.



This course is designed for staff in relevant national agencies tasked with the preparation of the NGHGI for the Agricultural sector. It is also a useful tool for anybody else wishing to improve their knowledge on UNFCCC reporting processes.



The course consists of 7 lessons, organized in two units. Lessons last approximately 15 to120 minutes each.

Unit 1 Basic concepts for reporting gas emissions and removals from agriculture and land use

  • Lesson 1.1 Why is it important to monitor greenhouse gases from agriculture and land use?
  • Lesson 1.2 National Greenhouse Gas Inventory for agriculture, forestry and other land use

Unit 2 Building a national Greenhouse Gas Inventory for agriculture

  • Lesson 2.1 Introduction
  • Lesson 2.2 Livestock-related emissions
  • Lesson 2.3 Soil-related emissions: managed soilsce
  • Lesson 2.4 Soil-Related: Rice Cultivation, Liming and Urea Fertilisation
  • Lesson 2.5 Fire-related emissions