Virginia Palmer is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. She began her duties as Deputy Chief of Mission in Hanoi in August 2008. She was the Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism from September 2005 to May 2008. Prior to that, she was the Director of the East Asia Bureau’s Office of Economic Policy. She was Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Previous tours include Beijing, Hong Kong, Harare, Calgary, the Office of Maghreb Affairs, and the Operations Center in the State Department. She has an M.A. from the University of Virginia and a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University. She speaks Chinese and French. Virginia and her husband, Ismail Asmal, also a Foreign Service Officer, have two daughters.
Terry Sunderland is a Senior Scientist with CIFOR’s Forests and Livelihoods Programme, and leads the research domain ‘Managing trade-offs between conservation and development at landscape scale’. Prior to joining CIFOR Terry was based in Central Africa for many years and worked there for the UK’s Department for International Development, University College London, and more recently the Wildlife Conservation Society. He has extensive consultancy experience with various international organizations, including the United States Forest Service, GTZ and the Smithsonian Institution. Terry holds a PhD from University College London.
Tom Clements has worked in international conservation for over 10 years. From 2002-2008 he was based in Cambodia for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as the lead advisor on large landscape-scale conservation projects, including development of market-linked mechanisms for conservation such as PES. Since 2008 he has worked regionally for WCS in South-east Asia on PES and the development of REDD, including work for the USAID TransLinks programme. He is currently the advisor to the Cambodian Government’s National REDD+ Readiness planning process.
After his BSc. (in agronomy) and MSc. (in agricultural history) studies at Beijing Agricultural University, Mr. Jin Leshan got his PhD. Degree in environmental economics at College of Economics and Management, China Agricultural University (CAU) in 1997. He did his post-doctoral studies at Economics Department, Bar Ilan University, Israel, in 2000-2001, doing research on water management and wastewater irrigation. Since 1990 he has been teaching a series of courses, including “environmental economics” for under-graduate students, “environmental management” for graduate students, and “environmental policy instruments” for international students. He has broad research interests in the fields of natural resources management, environmental economics, and water use in agriculture and has published paper in international journals (e.g. Water Policy published by Elsevier). He is professor with College of Humanities and Development, China Agricultural University, and also works as researcher and consultant for many development projects.
Indu Bikal Sapkota has been working as a Forest Management and Verification Services Coordinator, Asia Pacific Region for the Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood program since July 2009. He is responsible for the management of the SmartWood forest management client portfolio and for servicing present and prospective clients in all matters related to forest management certification, forest carbon project verification and legality verification in the region.
Indu is focal person in the region for carbon project validation and verification. He holds an international master’s degree (MSc) in Tropical Forestry from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Prior to joining Rainforest Alliance, Indu spent over 12 years working in forestry and conservation in Asia and Europe. He has also worked as a facilitator for the SmartWood Assessor Training Program and has received the SmartWood Carbon Auditing and Forest Management Assessor and Lead Auditor trainings. He has been involved intensively in FSC forest management assessment/audits; chain of custody assessment/audits, and carbon projects validations. To date, he has taken part in 14 reassessments/audits/pre-assessments, serving as lead auditor in 8 of these.
Speaker Biography: Vu Tan Phuong, Director of The Research Centre for Forest Ecology and Environment, Vietnam
Vu Tan Phuong has been working at Research Centre for Forest Ecology and Environment (RCFEE) since 1994. Much of his work, both academic and professional, has been devoted to sustainable forest and environment management. His assignments in Vietnam have also given him very good knowledge of forest ecology, forest valuation, carbon accounting, and climate change related to forestry and payment for environment services.
Mr. Phuong is a member of National Working Group on Climate Change of MONRE. He contributes to the development of second national communication report regarding the climate change impacts assessment and green house gases inventory in forestry sector. He also carried a number of studies on forest valuation that provide important scientific base for development of policies on forest valuation and payment for forest environmental services in Vietnam. In addition to that he also a key person for preparing the CDM Cao Phong Reforestation Project with the support of JICA and is being a source of support for forestry carbon related projects development in Vietnam.
Mr. Phuong is now leading an EU project in Vietnam on Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation through Alternative Landuses in Rainforests of Tropics (REDD- ALERT); JICA’s study on analysis of emission from conversion of natural forests to rubber plantation; CIFOR’s study on country profile for REDD. He also manages the ministry level research on valuation of mangrove forests and Development of method for Green House Gases inventory in forestry sector.
Adam has led the technical carbon evaluation in ten CCBA validations, one VCS validation, six VCS methodology reviews, one CCX verification, and one Plan Vivo verification. Adam is a qualified lead auditor for the Climate Action Reserve and was a CCX forestry verifier committee participant.
Adam has trained over 100 people in Spain, Bali, Rwanda and Vietnam in AFOLU project auditing and project development. Recipients of the training included Rainforest Alliance auditors, government officials, private consultants and NGO representatives. He was lead author of recent Rainforest Alliance publication entitled, “Guidance on coffee carbon project development using the (CDM) simplified agroforestry methodology” as well as two scientific articles.
Before joining Rainforest Alliance Adam worked at Oxford University as a researcher. His research emphasized the potential of carbon markets to finance sustainable management of forest resources. He led a team conducting a landscape scale assessment of carbon stocks in the Peruvian Andes’ cloud forests and montane grasslands.
Daniel Donato, Ph.D., is a Research Ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station in Hilo, Hawaii. His current work focuses on carbon storage and dynamics in Southeast Asian forests, including peat swamps and mangroves. Dr. Donato has worked on forest biomass and carbon quantification for over a decade, and has recently been working with a team of scientists in Indonesia, refining techniques for measuring carbon storage in wetland forests of Java, Borneo, Sumatra, and Sulawesi. Dr. Donato holds B.Sc. degrees in Forestry and Oceanography from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Forest Science from Oregon State University.
Speaker Biography: Rili Djohani, Director, Government & Partner Relations, Coral Triangle Program, The Nature Conservancy
For nearly 20 years, Rili Djohani has worked to improve the management and finance of marine protected areas and reduce the use of destructive fishing practices in Southeast Asia. She joined The Nature Conservancy in 1995 to help establish the Conservancy’s coastal and marine program in Indonesia. Under Rili’s direction, TNC’s Coral Triangle Center in Bali was opened in 2000. The Center’s goals are to strengthen the network of marine protected areas in Indonesia and the Coral Triangle through public and private partnerships and an integrated approach based on technical assistance and practical training. Rili was TNC’s Country Director for Indonesia from 2004-2008 which is TNCs largest international program. The Indonesia program is focused on two of TNC’s global priorities: the forests of the Southeast Asia Archipelago and the Coral Triangle. In 2009, she took up a new regional role as TNC’s Director for Government and Partner relations for the Coral Triangle Program. Rili also leads an innovative financing and collaborative management initiative in Komodo National Park with support from the Global Environmental Facility and the International Finance Corporation. The goal is to help make the Park financially self-sufficient based on tourism revenues. She holds a Master of Science degree in tropical marine ecology from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and a Master of Science in tropical coastal zone management from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. She is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program (environmental policy and law) with the University of Leiden that builds upon her marine conservation work in Indonesia.
Kerstin Canby is the Director of Forest Trends’ Forest Trade and Finance Program. In addition to general program management, her work focuses on policies and trade issues related to illegal logging, corruption, and associated trade, such as the role of financial institutions and investment flows in combating illegal and unsustainable harvesting practices. A significant portion of her time is spent on the China/East Asia region. Prior to joining Forest Trends, Kerstin worked at the World Bank with the Governance and Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Programs, coordinating the Africa FLEG ministerial process, and providing training to local NGOs interested in developing independent monitoring networks; she also worked with the World Bank’s CEOs ad hoc Forum on Forests.