Validation & Verification

Side Meeting: Validation & Verification – Adam Gibbon from Rainforest Alliance reports back

June 24, 2010
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Adam Gibbon from Rainforest Alliance reports back on his verification process side meeting, in the sweltering heat of the Sheraton Hotel’s courtyard!

Adam Gibbon from Rainforest Alliance reports back on his verification process side meeting from Katoomba Group on Vimeo.

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Skype Interview: Adam Gibbon from Rainforest Alliance

June 18, 2010
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Adam Gibbon from Rainforest Alliance will be moderating the session on forest carbon project validation or verification.  Here Adam provides a brief overview of RA’s work that is relevant to the topic and outlines what they hope to accomplish during the event.
Adam Gibbon from Rainforest Alliance on Validation and Verification Session at Katoomba from Katoomba Group on Vimeo.

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Speaker Biography: Indu Bikal Sapkota, Rainforest Alliance

June 18, 2010
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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.

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Speaker Biography: Vu Tan Phuong, Director of The Research Centre for Forest Ecology and Environment, Vietnam

June 17, 2010
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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.

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Speaker Biography: Adam Gibbon, Rainforest Alliance

June 17, 2010
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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.

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