Recent efforts in developing countries to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and to enhance forest carbon stocks (REDD+) have highlighted the importance of land use in achieving national climate change targets through integrated approaches that promote sustainable land management. Going forward, important questions remain: how can REDD+ actions can be scaled-up and sustained; and how can different climate financing mechanisms be effectively harnessed and leveraged to support countries in achieving credible and verifiable results, including those outlined in their nationally determined contributions (NDC) under the UN Climate Change Convention. The presenter will reflect on these questions in light of the outcome of the recent Paris Agreement and the insights that have been gained through a variety of international initiatives over the last couple of years.
Presenter: Professor Maria José Sanz, Scientific Director, BC3, Basque Centre for Climate Change
Professor Maria José Sanz is the Scientific Director of BC3, Basque Centre for Climate Change. She holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the Universidad de Valencia (1991) with expertise in ecophysiology, air pollution effects, lower and higher plants, atmospheric dynamics and chemistry, nitrogen and carbon cycles, greenhouse gasses and other related gases, greenhouse gas inventories, LULUCF and REDD+. She has been strongly involved in the policy dimension of climate change, guiding political decisions carried out at institutions such as the FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation) and the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). She has an expertise on multilateral processes, regulatory frameworks, policy measures and instruments of climate change policy, and led the implementation of different programmes with a multidisciplinary-based approach. Among other appointments, Prof. Sanz was a member of the Spanish Delegation and Advisor to the Ministry of Environment for Climate Change Negotiations (2000 – 2007), and member of the CDM Executive Board, representing Europe in 2007.
Chair: Alex Lotsch, Senior Carbon Finance Specialist, GCCFL