Over the next decade, California may play a unique role in helping to advance state-level REDD+ initiatives. In forums such as the Governor's Climate and Forest Task Force (GCF) and REDD Offsets Working Group (ROW), policymakers in California and around the world are grappling with a wide range of critical issues, including finance, safeguards, reference levels, monitoring, reporting and verification. Panelists in this session will discuss ongoing efforts to build sub-national REDD+ policies and programs linked to California and beyond.
Jason Gray is a staff counsel at the California Air Resources Board, and is tasked with advising the Board and its staff on the development and implementation of air pollution control regulations and related matters. His duties include assisting on the legal issues underlying the Board’s greenhouse gas reporting and verification regulations, compliance offset protocols, and offset provisions of the cap-and-trade regulation. Jason also represents the Board as an observer in the REDD Offset Working Group and in the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force.
Before entering the legal profession, Jason worked on environmental education, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable development projects with the Peace Corps and WWF in the Central African country of Gabon. He received a B.A. in Biology and French from Gonzaga University, and a J.D. and Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School.