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The NFS Technical Panel is administered by Ecometrica (Environmental policy experts and software developers) and takes input from independent experts in the form of reviews of data and methods.  Panel members and expert reviewers provide advice to ECO and the NFS on an independent professional basis.

Panel Chairman

Richard Tipper, BSc, MSc, PhD, FRSA

Richard studied Agricultural Science and Economics. After completing a doctoral research on the economics of smallholder agriculture in Mexico he led a research project into payments for carbon sequestration by forests. He was nominated to the UK roster of experts on climate change and worked on two IPCC reports on agriculture, forestry and land use change from 1996 to 2005.

Over the past 15 years Richard has worked on a wide range of standards, methods and programmes on climate change and development including Plan Vivo, WBCSD-WRI GHG Protocol, various CDM methodologies, PAS2060 and the Carbon Neutral Protocol. He has advised private and public sector organisations and is currently Chairman of Ecometrica.

Risk Assessment Lead Reviewer

Genevieve Patenaude BSc, MSc, MBA, PhD

Genevieve is a faculty member in the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh. She holds a PhD from the University of Oxford and an MBA from HEC Montreal. Her research interests focus on carbon management, forest-loss risks, and corporate strategy. She also has extensive expertise on the application of remote sensing to forestry projects. She has been awarded more than £0.75M in research income, and currently leads NERC funded research projects on forest risks. She also has relevant IPCC authorship (GPG-LULUCF, 2003); co-owns a multi-spectral canopy Lidar patent (P136237.GB.01/GRAYJ 2008); provided strategic expertise to consulting firm, McKinsey and Company; and co-founded Carbomap Ltd.

Carbon Mapping Lead

Nicholas Berry, BSc, MRes, PhD

Nicholas is a tropical forest ecologist specialising in the design and implementation of monitoring, reporting and verification approaches for forest carbon finance projects. His research focuses on developing new understanding of the carbon fluxes associated with tropical land use change, and he has provided technical support to the development of forest carbon projects in Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia. He has made use of all of the leading carbon standards and is the current chair of the technical advisory committee to the Plan Vivo Foundation.

Technical Contributors

ECO NFS acknowledges and thanks the following experts for their reviews, contributions and input to the NFS:

  • Catriona Clunas – Ecometrica
  • David Jarrett – Ecometrica
  • Duncan Macqueen – IIED
  • Edward Mitchard – University of Edinburgh
  • Emily Woollen – University of Edinburgh
  • Jeffrey Hayward – Rainforest Alliance
  • Lucio Pedroni – Carbon Decisions International
  • Marissa Camargo – Indufor
  • Neha Joshi – Ecometrica
  • Rupert Seidl – Oregon State University

Approved methods and data do not necessarily reflect the views of individual contributors or reviewers.

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