Sandra Velarde

I am a PhD student at the Australian National University since 2010. My PhD program is Environmental Management and Development at the Crawford School of Public Policy. I started my PhD in 2010, after completing a country study to support a full carbon accounting system in Peru. CSIRO and the Crawford School are sponsoring this endeavour.

My professional experience is in natural resource management, looking at tradeoffs between biodiversity, carbon and biodiversity, at different scales. I have also strong skills in future scenarios with local communities in the tropics.  From 2003 to mid 2007, I have worked at the ASB-Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins as Programme Officer for the ASB-Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) funded by the Dutch government. The ASB programme is based at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya and the MA project took me to Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil, Peru as well as Sweden, Egypt and the USA.

In 2007-8, I moved to the Amazon to work as Coordinator for Communications and Management for the Amazon Initiative in the city of Belém do Pará, north of Brazil.

My latest experience in Peru (2009-10) allowed me to build new networks and started exciting environmental economics and education work in different places of the Peruvian Amazon. I consulted with the ASB-World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) for capacity building and research on Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD), strenghtening the nks with ICRAF Peru offices, the Ministry of Environment and local NGOs.

My first international experience was at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Headquarters in Rome, Italy. I wrote the report on socio-economic trends and outlook study up to 2020 as contribution to the Latin American Forestry Sector Outlook Study (LAFSOS).

I am a Forest Engineer from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Lima, Perú) and MSc. in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh.  My research interests are carbon and environmental economics, deforestation, degradation, climate change, environmental education, green businesses and investment, knowledge management and facilitation.

If you would like to know more about me, have a look at my CV, Projects and Publications or post a comment here.


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  1. Hola Sandra:
    Estaba leyendo la página y encontré tu comentario que hizo referencia a Australia y la perspectiva política de ese país con respecto a Cancun. Pensé en escribirte porque soy un Australiano(!) que está estudiando una maestria en relaciones internacionales en Buenos Aires, y uno de mis profesores es Soledad Aguilar, que es fundadora de la página de ambiente y comercio. Mi tesis de la maestria es sobre la posicion de Brasil en las negociaciones internacionales de cambio climatico.
    En esto momento, y hasta marzo, estoy de vuelta en Australia. Si uno de de estos dias estás de paseo en Melbourne, yo estaría interesado en hablar con vos sobre sus experiencias y trabajo en Brasil.

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