New Job Posting! Forest Carbon Technical Advisor


The Katoomba Policy Rapid Response Initiative transforms a global network—built over the past decade—into a readily accessible set of expert advisors on PES frameworks, laws, and policies. The Katoomba Group’s PES advisors all have in-depth experience with policy interventions and PES project design in order to serve as credible advisors to governments, businesses, and PES practitioners. Click here to apply to be a Katoomba RRT Advisor.


Sara Namirembe

Sara Namriembe

Sara joined the Forest Trends team in August 2008 as the Coordinator, East and Southern Africa Katoomba Group's Incubator.  Sara has extensive experience in Agroforestry and facilitating collaborative/participatory natural resource management and conservation with programs like EMPAFORM Uganda (Strengthening and Empowering Civil Society for Participatory Forest Management in East Africa) under Budongo Forests Community Development Organisation, PEMA (Participatory Environment Management) NatureUganda, and Environmental Alert.   Prior to that, Sara served for eight years in the academic community as a lecturer and department head of Community Forestry and Extension in the Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation at Makerere University.  She holds a B.S. in Forestry from Makerere University; a Master's in Forestry and Environmental Management from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton; and a Ph.D. in Forestry and Agricultural Sciences from the University of Wales, Bangor.


Joerg S-G

Joerg Siefert - Granzin

Joerg is a senior economist specialized in spatiotemporal analysis and valuation of environmental services. He has more than 15 years of experience in economic research on developing countries. Currently, he is advising different activities reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) of Forest Trends-Katoomba Group. Having been recruited as an integrated expert by the German Development Cooperation (GTZ), Mr. Seifert-Granzin coordinated the scientific and technical development of remote sensing, biomass measurement, and econometric modeling tools facilitating the implementation of national and subnational REDDs schemes in Bolivia and Cameroon.  Apart, he supervised subnational adaptation activities in the Bolivian lowlands. As FAN Bolivia’s Coordinator of Noel Kempff Mercado Climate Action Project he guided the certification process, revised the methodologies applied and edited the Project Design Document. Together with FAN’s environmental services’ team he conducted research on hydrological services and designed projects to conserve them.


Rebecca Asare

Rebecca Ashley Asare

Rebecca is the Coordinator of the West Africa Katoomba Incubator.  She brings ten years of research and work experience on agroforestry, community-based natural resource management, and conservation in Africa.  Prior to joining the Incubator, Rebecca completed her doctoral thesis on the biophysical and social dynamics driving cocoa farm establishment and shade management in Ghana.   She has conducted policy and social research with the World Agroforestry Centre on agroforestry in buffer zones across the continent, and worked with WWF on a community conservation project in Cote d’Ivoire.  Rebecca served as a rural water and sanitation specialist with the U.S. Peace Corps in Cote d’Ivoire.  She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Colgate University, in Hamilton, NY.  She received her Master’s in Environmental Science from Yale University, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and earned a Ph.D. in Social Ecology from Yale University, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Since 2009, Rebecca has been spearheading efforts to develop community-based forest and agricultural carbon projects in multiple countries in West Africa.


Marta Echavarria

Marta Echavarría

Marta has worked in the design, negotiation and development of financial and institutional mechanisms for watershed conservation and protection. She has also led the development of environmental management programs with various agroindustrial sectors in Colombia, Guatemala and Ecuador. Marta is part of the Advisory Committee of the Ecosystem Marketplace since 2008 and the Steering Committee of the Tropical America Katoomba Group since 2006. She was selected Rainer Arnhold Fellow by the Mulago Foundation In 2007 and a Senior Fellow by Ashoka Foundation in 2006. She was a member of the Board of Fundación Natura in Ecuador from 2004-2008. Marta holds a Master´s in Development Studies and a B.A. in Environment Studies from Brown University. To the Rapid Response Team Marta brings (i) expertise in institutional and financial mechanisms for environmental management, (ii) specialized integrated water management issues, (iii) extensive expertise in watershed payment mechanisms.


Lucio Pedroni

Lucio Pedroni is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Carbon Decisions International (CDI). Lucio has over 22 years of experience in international cooperation and is an acknowledged expert in the field of carbon forestry. As a consultant for the World Bank Bio-Carbon Fund (2005-2009) and head of the Global Change Group at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (2001-2008) he participated in the development of more than 30 forest carbon projects, some of which have successfully pioneered the CDM and CCB validation. Lucio is co-author of the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) standards and co-lead author of the guidance for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) of the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS). He authored and co-authored CDM-approved methodologies for Afforestation and Reforestation (AR) projects and methodologies for REDD projects that are currently being considered for VCS approval. Lucio also designed a user-friendly tool (TARAM) that is widely used to quantify carbon credits in AR-CDM projects.