Frances Seymour is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute (WRI) where she conducts research and writing on forest and climate issues, including the role of forest carbon credits in carbon markets. In her individual capacity, she also serves as an adviser to the Climate and Land Use Alliance, chairs the board of the Architecture for REDD+ Transactions, and chairs the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum. Frances joined WRI from the Center for Global Development, where she published her 2016 book, Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change. From 2006 to 2012, Frances served as Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), an international organization headquartered in Indonesia. Previously, she was the founding director of the Institutions and Governance Program at WRI and served as Director of Development Assistance Policy at World Wildlife Fund. She holds an MPA in Development Studies from Princeton University, and a BS in Zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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