imgres-1Toby Janson-Smith leads the VCS’s Agriculture, Forestry & Other Land Use (AFOLU) program and team, which is focused on developing and supporting best-practice standards frameworks for projects and government programs that reduce emissions from land-based activities. Previously he served as the Senior Director of Forest Carbon Markets at Conservation International. Before that, Toby directed the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) – an international partnership between corporations, NGOs and research institutes promoting the development of forestry projects that simultaneously conserve biodiversity, foster sustainable livelihoods and mitigate climate change. In 2005, the CCBA published the first set of international standards for designing and evaluating such projects, now being used by more than 100 projects around the world. Over the past decade, Toby has consulted to a number of NGOs and companies on forest carbon issues, including: The Nature Conservancy, Union of Concerned Scientists, California Climate Action Registry, Ecosystem Marketplace and Pacific Forest Trust.

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