Environmental Policy Analysis & Development
FRAMING THE BIG PICTURE
Assessment of the policy, economic, market, social, and practical aspects that result in complex environmental problems, and finding the most strategic means to unlock those.
Land use sector policy reviews, particularly in forestry and agriculture
Analysis of institutional (primarily government) constraints on policy adoption
Development of policy approaches for mitigating and adapting to climate change impacts
Moving from concept to implementation - defining innovative solutions and then following that through to concrete steps that can be pursued to implement them
Bringing technical or scientific information to a policymaker audience
Drafting expert witness testimony
Applying policy research and analysis as a means to close the gap between public interest and legislation
Senior Policy and Investment Expert with the UN-REDD Programme, working with member governments on formation of REDD+ policies and measures to affect driver pressure on forests, as well as methods to cultivate private sector support for PAMs and investment in REDD+ compatible activities. Priority countries: Indonesia, Myanmar and Zambia.
- Project and policy lead on an assessment of the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in Bhutan, on behalf of the Watershed Management Division, Department of Forests and Parks Services. This report provides a key basis for Bhutan’s REDD+ National Strategy, but also informs broader natural resources management and sustainable development planning in Bhutan.
- Assessment of progress in National Adaptation Planning and adequate inclusion of policies, measures and finance to address risks in agricultural production. Geographic focus was in West and East Africa and South Asia. The assessment was produced on behalf of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, followed by a workshop with ministry representatives from key countries from all regions.
- Worked to legislate protection of 3.1 million hectares of British Columbia coastal temperate rainforest, and legal codes to implement ecosystem-based management to change logging practices in areas remaining in production in the 8.5 million hectare region.
- Developed, implemented and directed land, water, and air legislative initiatives and state and federal budget appropriations requests in Maine and Washington DC, applying advocacy, research and analysis.