Community of Practice for Article 6 Implementing Countries students

The Community of Practice for Article 6 Implementing Countries (CoP-ASIC) comprises activities implemented by the SPAR6C programme intended at promoting multi-directional knowledge sharing and global capacity building among a broad range of stakeholders. These include both those internal to SPAR6C and those outside of the core participants of SPAR6C. CoP-ASIC has three components:  

  1. Annual meetings to bring together stakeholders from partner countries, consortium members and other international Article 6 experts and market players; 
  2. Establishment of national knowledge networks in partner countries to build a strong local knowledge base of expertise in climate change mitigation and carbon markets; 
  3. Implementation of a research mentorship programme for graduate students, including providing internship opportunities to shape and encourage careers in carbon markets. 

The Research Mentorship Programme (RMP) is designed to fast-track graduate students into careers focused on carbon markets and climate change mitigation. The RMP supports graduate students (master’s or PhD equivalent) from each partner country to generate, exchange, and apply knowledge on Article 6-related topics. Research themes are selected by national CoP-ASIC networks in collaboration with representatives from the national government ministries, so that they are aligned to their county’s priorities. 

The RMP provides research mentorship to at least 10 students per country (40 total) over the course of the SPAR6C programme. Student cohorts are selected annually from 2024 until 2027, starting with two students per country in 2024. The knowledge generation phase of the mentorship programme lasts roughly 6 months every year, followed by a knowledge application phase where students apply the knowledge they developed through an internship. Student researchers develop reports linked to their topics, which they will present in a global knowledge exchange event.


Current SPAR6C RMP students:

Brigitte Castañeda Rodríguez

• Universidad de los Andes – Just Energy Transitions and Carbon Markets in Colombia • I am a doctoral candidate in economics researching macroeconomics and environmental economics, with the aim of providing useful recommendations for designing carbon pricing and equitable energy transition policies. I work as a consultant for the Sustainable Finance Center (CFS) at the Universidad de los Andes, as well as the Regional Center for Energy Studies (CREE). In addition, I have provided consulting services for a variety of organizations, including the World Bank and the Environmental Defense Fund.

William Felipe Campos Pérez

• Universidad del Tolima - Growth and carbon capture of Quercus humboldtii in Santa Isabel, Tolima, Colombia • In 2022 I obtained the title as a forestry engineer from the University of Tolima and in 2023 I began my master's studies in forestry sciences. I presented the results of my Bachelor’s thesis “Growth and carbon capture of Tabebuia rosea Bertol D.C in the urban trees of Ibagué, Colombia” at the International Summit of Sustainability and Environmental Innovation, as well as at the 4th. International Congress on Environmental Research and Innovation-CNIIA 2023. I currently provide support to the research group "Eco-friendly production of tropical crops" in the project "Growth and carbon capture of Quercus humbodtii in Santa Isabel, Tolima, Colombia".

Faseeh Ahmed

• Forman Christian College & University - Exploring the Potential and Willingness of Industrial Sectors for Participating in Carbon Markets • I am currently completing my MPhil studies in Environmental Sciences at FCCU, Lahore. I am deeply committed to finding the solutions that mitigate the effects of climate change. In my research, I want to delve into the complexities of industrial sectors, exploring their potential and willingness to participate in carbon markets, with an aim to pave the way for sustainable practices, forging a future where we actively address the challenges posed by climate change.

Saif Shah

• Institute of Business Administration Karachi - Greening the Cement Industry in Pakistan: A Certification and Technological Approach • As a current candidate pursuing a Master's degree in Economics with a specialized focus on environmental concerns, my primary focus is harnessing data to address environmental challenges within the industrial sector. Specifically, I aim to bridge the gap between research and industrial practices concerning carbon mitigation and carbon financing. My goal is to pave the way for a greener future by implementing distinguished approaches tailored specifically for the cement sector of Pakistan.

Ponpakin (Ken) Phruttiwongwanit

• Thammasat University- The Impact of Economic, Social, and Political Globalization on Carbon Emission in Thailand • I am a sustainable researcher pursuing a master’s in economics. I work at Salforest, a company at the forefront of sustainable research, where I specialize in Human Rights, Sustainable Banking, Governance, and Supply Chain Management. My work includes organizing capacity building, conducting research in various fields in sustainability, and assessing the sustainable policy of 11 Thai banks using the Fair Finance Guide International. I have a keen interest in environmental economics and am committed to contributing to genuine sustainability transitions.

Romchat (Aom) Poungcham

• The Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment (JGSEE) - Forecasting the impacts of enhanced 3Rs and circular economy on waste-to-energy systems • I graduated with a degree in environmental engineering in 2021 and am currently pursuing a master's in environmental technology and management. My research focuses on GHG mitigation and sustainability in waste management. I have gained valuable experience as a part-time research assistant and through various internship programmes and have a passion for environmental management and data analysis. I am eager to further my insights into climate change and carbon markets, as well as build connections within an international network of young climate professionals.

David Gastone Sakala

• Copperbelt University - Assessing the Impact of Green Financing Initiatives on Carbon Emissions Reduction in the Transportation Sector • Driven by a commitment to tackle environmental challenges, I am pursuing a Master's degree at Copperbelt University, focusing on developing innovative solutions to combat emissions within the transport sector. My goal is to significantly reduce emissions by evaluating the impact of green financing initiatives on the sector. As I explore the nexus of climate change, finance, and transportation, I hope to contribute valuable insights with the potential to shape policies and practices, ultimately contributing to a cleaner and healthier planet.

Mubiana Mushimbei

• University of Zambia - The Costs and Benefits of Emerging Carbon Market Projects to Local Communities • I am in my last year of my Master’s in Environmental and Natural Resource Management. My research focuses on carbon markets in local communities in Zambia, exploring its benefits, costs, and potential opportunities for improved social inclusion. I look at the realities of community participation in carbon markets and the associated local political economic forces which can inform policy decisions and carbon project designs. My ultimate goal is to help policy makers and -analysts design and implement carbon trading policies that are context-specific and evidence-based, delivering results for people, the climate, and the economy.

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