Deforestation is just the start – the full climate impact of losing intact forest landscapes

OCTF online seminar – all welcome, booking required

Tom works for WCS where, among other things, he coordinates the Forest for Life partnership which aims to secure a future for the world’s most intact forests, and to put ecological integrity at the heart of all forest management decisions. He will speak about a high profile recent paper, led by Sean Maxwell (University of Queensland) and Yadvinder Malhi, which challenges climate and forest scientists to account more fully for the climate impact of degrading formerly intact forests.

Tom Evans leads WCS’s REDD+ and Forest Conservation Program. He coordinates a diverse portfolio of REDD+ demonstration projects around the world and works to ensure that these inform the design of REDD+ systems through UNFCCC negotiations, national REDD+ readiness processes, and voluntary certification standards. Tom has a PhD from the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, on the sustainable management of wild rattans in Lao PDR. For the past ten years, he has specialized in protected area management in the tropics, with a particular interest in human use of natural resources, and the relationships between agriculture and forest protection. Before joining the climate change program, Tom was with the WCS Cambodia Program for more than nine years, as both Deputy Director and Senior Technical Advisor. Prior to that, he conducted biological surveys and protected areas assessments in many parts of the tropics, and also worked at ProForest on a range of sustainable commodity initiatives with private sector partners.