Louis Verchot

Research Director Forests and Environment, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR )

Louis Verchot is Research Director for Forests and Environment at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR ) and an adjunct research scientist at the Center for Environmental Sustainability at Columbia University. Prior to joining CIFOR, he held positions at the Woods Hole Research Center, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry. His research focuses on effects of land use and land use change on greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere and aspects of MRV in REDD+. He collaborates regularly with UN-REDD, the UNFCCC secretariat, UNEP, UNDP and the IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Programme. Mr. Verchot began his international career as a forester in Burkina Faso and in Senegal, working on community-based tree planting, forest management, soil conservation and technical training of national forestry staff. He returned to the US and earned a PhD in forestry at North Carolina State University in 1994.