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Jeff Hayward is Manager, Climate Initiative for Rainforest Alliance providing leadership in a cross divisional climate change initiative that spans forestry, agriculture and tourism. He is based in Washington, DC, though his work has a worldwide focus, especially in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. His areas of climate expertise including carbon verification, best practice, methodologies, and standards for climate mitigation and adaptation, climate-oriented capacity building, climate policy and REDD, and facilitation of carbon forestry and agroforestry projects.
Hayward is a lead auditor for the Rainforest Alliance and has conducted numerous carbon project audits and dozens of forest management and chain-of-custody assessments to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council, the global standard setter in responsible forest management. He has lived in Indonesia, Guatemala, Canada and the United States. He has led forest certification and carbon training courses in Bolivia, Brasil, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the U.K. and U.S. Prior to working for the Rainforest Alliance, he conducted silviculture and ecology research for the University of British Columbia's Alex Fraser Research Forest in Canada. In Oregon, he worked for the federal government in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in forest inventory and timber sale administration. For three years served with the U.S. Peace Corps as a community forester in Guatemala, providing technical extension services in an agroforestry and conservation of natural resources program. He has been a private forestry consultant and published research on forest certification and silviculture. Jeff earned an MSc in forestry, (Univ. of British Columbia, Canada); and holds a B.A. in Latin American development with a specialization on forestry (Univ. of Washington, USA)
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