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Jeff Hayward

Vice President, Design and Innovation, Global Climate Lead

Jeff Hayward

Based in Washington, DC, Hayward leads a global landscapes and livelihoods team responsible for design of Rainforest Alliance’s worldwide field strategies for agriculture, forestry, climate change, education, finance, tourism, and other key practices. As global lead on climate at Rainforest Alliance, he oversees work that advances climate change mitigation and adaptation in the land sector by promoting best practice for climate smart agriculture, reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+), and facilitating innovative landscape approaches that foster low carbon development. He has 25 years’ experience working to advance sustainability in natural resource management, particularly through policy mechanisms that responsibly harness markets.

Hayward is a member of several agriculture, forests and climate working groups, task forces, and committees, addressing both technical and policy concerns on climate change mitigation, adaptation and rights-based issues. He provides technical advice to carbon standards such as VCS, Climate, Community & Biodiversity(CCB) Standards, and the Gold Standard Foundation. He actively supports the REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards Initiative, which aims to provide safeguards for indigenous peoples, communities and biodiversity within national or sub-national REDD+ programs. He led the Rainforest Alliance’s delegation at the annual Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2007 to 2015. For six years, he managed the Rainforest Alliance’s forest certification programs in the Asia-Pacific region from Jakarta, Indonesia. In forest certification and carbon verification, he has conducted more than 100 assessments or audits.

Hayward has been lead trainer for introductory and advanced forest carbon auditing courses and is a registered Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) expert with the Verified Carbon Standard. Jeff earned an Msci in forestry from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American development with a specialization on forestry from the University of Washington.

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