2017 Fellows on a field trip during the month-long training program.—Kevin McCann, 2017 Fellow


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Senior Program Officer, REDD+ and AFOLU at Verra

Valle de Bravo, Estado de Mexico 51200

I also have expertise in:

San Juan Lachao, Oaxaca 68000

Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur 23574

Estado de Mexico 51200

As Verra’s REDD+ and AFOLU Senior Program Officer, Cecilia is responsible for providing input on land use work, drafting changes to relevant Verra programs to help maintain the robustness, workability and reputation of Verra’s nature-based work, managing REDD+ and AFOLU accounting and assessment methodologies being developed under Verra programs and collaborating with the Verra team to help implement changes and improvements to Verra standards.

Prior to joining Verra, Cecilia worked as a consultant for more than ten years with the Climate Action Reserve on the development and implementation of the Mexico Forest Protocol. She also worked with Conservation Strategy Fund on a number of projects using economic tools for conservation and for the National Forestry Commission in the development of Mexico’s REDD+ strategy. She began her career in forestry carbon in 2007 as Pronatura’s Climate Change Director.

Cecilia holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana and a Master of Science in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health from the University of Edinburgh. In her free time, Cecilia loves to go hiking, take photos and spend time in nature with her family.

Interest Areas

Collaboration Interests

Economic Valuation of ecosystem services, biodiversity monitoring, biodiversity finance, carbon finance

I Am Seeking

To collaborate with other fellows that are working on the same issues as I am. I think that the environmental issues are many and that we have to address them through different fronts. I am very interested in ecosystem service valuation and behavior change.

I Can Offer

I have been working mostly on the carbon world and REDD+ but most recently on ecosystem service valuation. Most of my work has been in Mexico, but I have knowledge of some work done in Latin America.

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