AFOLU Technical Working Groups and Members

Wetlands Technical Working Group

The Wetlands Technical Working Group, convened in March 2011, is currently developing requirements for crediting wetlands conservation projects. The working group is led by conservation alliance Restore America’s Estuaries and made up of scientists and technical experts from VCSA, Silvestrum, ESA PWA, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the US Forest Service. The initiative will expand the scope for crediting wetlands projects to include mangroves, coastal wetlands and potentially other project types.

Wetlands Technical Working Group Members

  • Carolyn Ching, Verra
  • Steve Emmett-Mattox (Lead Coordinator), Restore America’s Estuaries
  • Dr. Igino Emmer (Lead Author), Silvestrum
  • Dr. Steve Crooks, ESA PWA
  • Dr. Hans Joosten, Greifswald University, Germany
  • Dr. Boone Kauffman, US Forest Service
  • Dr. Patrick Megonigal, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Peer Reviewers

  • Luca Bragazza, Univeristy of Ferrara
  • Letty Brown, URS
  • Paul Chatterton, WWF
  • William Coleman, PG&E
  • Francesca Demgen, URS
  • Peter Jones, Countryside Council for Wales
  • Brian Needelman, University of Maryland
  • Sarah Mack, Tierra Resources
  • Doug Myers, People for Puget Sound
  • Syd Partridge, Climate Action Reserve
  • Brian Perez, CH2M Hill
  • Lucinda Roth, Natural Resources Conservation Services, US Department of Agriculture
  • Anthony Sebastian, Aonyx Consultancy
  • Mary-Ann Smyth, RSK ERA
  • Arianna Sutton-Grier, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Peatland Technical Working Group

The Peatland Technical Working Group developed existing VCS requirements for peatland rewetting and conservation projects (PRC), released in 2011. The working group was led by Netherlands-based project developer Silvestrum and composed of scientists and technical experts from VCS, TerraCarbon and Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald. Peer reviewers provided detailed technical input to ensure all requirements are practical, conceptually sound and environmentally robust.

Peatland Technical Working Group Members

  • Naomi Swickard, Verra
  • Igino Emmer (Lead Author), Silvestrum, Netherlands
  • John Couwenberg, Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald, Germany
  • Manuel Estrada,TerraCarbon, USA
  • Hans Joosten, Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald, Germany

Peer Reviewers

  • Steven Apfelbaum, Applied Ecological Services, Inc.
  • Dominique Blain, Environment Canada
  • Steven DeGryze, Terra Global Capital
  • Matthias Droesler, Technische Universitaet Muenchen
  • Kristell Hergoualc’h, Center for International Forestry Research
  • John Kimble, Independent
  • Mike Mason, JP Morgan Climate Care
  • Nick Mawdsley, Independent
  • Dr. Peter Moore, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)
  • Daniel Murdiyarso, Center for International Forestry Research
  • Clark Row, Row Associates
  • Zoe Ryan, Fauna & Flora International
  • Robert Seaton, Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd.
  • Dr. Matthew Shepherd, Natural England
  • Gabriel Thoumi, Forest Carbon Offsets
  • Louis Verchot, Center for International Forestry Research
  • Dr. Sarah Walker, Winrock International
  • Andrew Wardell, Center for International Forestry Research
  • Bo Yang, The Nature Conservancy
  • Alan Zelenka, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants

Avoided Conversion of Grasslands and Shrublands Working Group

This technical working group developed requirements for crediting projects that avoid the conversion of grasslands and shrublands (ACoGS), released in 2011. The working group was led by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and composed of scientists and technical experts from VCS, TNC, Ducks Unlimited and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Peer reviewers provided detailed technical input to ensure all requirements are practical, conceptually sound and environmentally robust.

 ACoGS  Technical Working Group Members

  • Naomi Swickard, Verra
  • Joe Fargione (Lead Author), The Nature Conservancy, USA
  • Randal Dell, Ducks Unlimited Inc., USA
  • Dr. Louis Verchot, Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia

Peer Reviewers

  • Thomas Dufour, ONF International
  • Benjamin Landreau, Carbon Management Consulting Group
  • Hassan Sachedina, Wildlife Works
  • Benktesh Sharma, Terra Global Capital
  • Brian Shillinglaw, New Forests
  • Sheldon Zakreski, The Climate Trust

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