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.
Jose Carlos Fernandez is Head of the International Affairs and Financing Unit at the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR). The Unit is responsible for coordinating the development of the Mexican National strategy on REDD+ and leads all international negotiations and processes related to forests and climate change, including the UNFCCC, the FCPF and the Forest Investment Program.
An environmental economist by training, Jose Carlos Fernandez has 20 years of experience in environmental issues, working for various agencies, including the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, Mexico's National Institute of Ecology (INE) and El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR). He holds a Degree in Economics from the ITAM and a M.Phil. (Hons) in Economics, from Cambridge University, UK.