María García-Espinosa is a Senior Policy Advisor for Climate Law and Policy, based in the UK. In her current role, María supports developing country governments, international and multilateral organizations, civil society organizations and indigenous peoples’ groups and local communities in strengthening multi-level governance frameworks to simultaneously pursue and achieve sustainable development and climate objectives. Working at the interface of climate change science, policy and governance, with an emphasis on the land use, land use change and forest sector, María is a climate change specialist and a social and environmental safeguards expert, with 11 years of experience supporting climate policy design, implementation and financing. María has proven experience working in the national, international and multilateral level, bringing a diversity of perspectives to advance the role of forests and nature in addressing climate change. Earlier in her career she led Ecuador’s REDD+ readiness efforts and was part of the multilateral process under the UNFCCC to develop the methodological and implementation framework for REDD+ results-based implementation. Since then, she has supported international organizations, governments in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Pacific, and multilateral organizations to design and implement cost-effective and socially and environmentally sound climate policies and access to international climate finance. María holds a master´s degree on Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and studied Environmental Management in her hometown, Quito.
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