California is contemplating the crediting of REDD+ in other countries, including Mexico, as part of its cap-and-trade program. Successful REDD+ initiatives will require coordinated action from multiple actors responsible for the health of forests, including national and sub-national governments, private land owners and indigenous peoples. This session will highlight efforts being undertaken at multiple levels in Mexico to design REDD+ programs.
Cecilia Simon is a climate change consultant focused on environmental issues. During the last two years, she has focused mainly on REDD+ in Mexico. She has also contributed to the development of the Climate Action Reserve Protocol and has worked closely with different stakeholders, from government entities at the national level to local communities. Cecilia has also been engaged in the development of local forest projects with indigenous communities and ejidos (i.e., communal landholdings) , whereby she has gained significant experience in the voluntary carbon market and project co-benefits. Prior to working as an independent consultant, she headed Pronatura Mexico’s Climate Change program and worked with local communities in the structuring and sale of the first voluntary carbon credits in the Mexican market. Cecilia received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana and a certificate degree in Finance from the University of Chicago.