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.
Rosa Maria Vidal has more than 25 years of experience in sustainable development programs in Southern Mexico and is a member of the National REDD technical council and of the State REDD Technical council. She participates as technical advisor to the Chiapas government at the REDD Offsets Working Group with California. Acting as Director of Pronatura Sur, she has articulated programs to support development of community forestry in Chiapas state, as well as capacity building programs for community leadership, social approaches in conservation, including schemes of voluntary conservation. Rosa is a member of the board of several nonprofit organizations, as well as executive board member of national and international networks, such as the Livelihoods Network. Her main areas of interest on climate change cooperation is the wise use of potential fund transfers to support sustainable development and conservation in tropical areas, increasing community governance on natural resources and developing mechanisms for benefit sharing.