Virginia Young, Consultant

Virginia has managed Forests Alive for almost 4 years.

During that time Forests Alive completed the successful transition for a number of forest protection projects in Tasmania from the voluntary carbon market into Direct Action and achieved long term contracts for the supply of ACCU’s under the ERF for those landholders.

She has a wide range of experience in conservation, business and government.

Her current voluntary conservation roles include

  • Chair of the Frank Fenner Foundation – a not for profit organization working to achieve a ‘biosensitive’ future (healthy people on a healthy planet);
  • Chair of Gondwanalink Ltd - Australia’s first large scale ecological connectivity protection and restoration project and global leader in progressing multi-tenure, multi-stakeholder large-scale conservation efforts from the Margaret River region to the Kalgoorlie region, in the south of Western Australia; and
  • Director of the International Forests and Climate Programme for the Australian Rainforest Conservation Society (ARCS) where she works with a team of global scientists and NGO’s to progress the protection of Earth’s remaining intact natural forests, including through engagement with international climate policy and programmes.

Lawrence Rimmer, Consultant

Lawrence is a carbon modelling and accounting professional. With 5 years experience at Forests Alive he has become a valued technical expert in project management and data analyses. His primary skills are in GIS and carbon stock calculations.

During his time at Forests Alive he has provided technical advise for our Tasmanian landowners and ensured a smooth transition from the VCS to the ERF by preparing and implementing the VCS transition method.

Lawrence has also been an integral part of Forest Alive’s international work. Lawrence co-wrote an e-learning course in partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and was a panellist at the 2nd BioTrade conference in Geneva.

Andrew Ratcliffe, Director of Forests Alive

Andrew has been involved with Forests Alive since its inception in December 2008. He is a qualified solicitor and accountant and has had extensive involvement working with start-ups and small businesses. His skills and expertise are invaluable to landowners considering the business case for protecting and restoring native vegetation on their land

Gernot Heiser, Director or Forests Alive

Gernot is a member of academic staff at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He specialises in leadership and team building, identifying research opportunities, and technology.

Beatriz Garcia, Specialist Consultant

Beatriz Garcia holds a BA in Law and a Ph.D. in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She has worked in the Climate Change and Sustainable Development branch of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), managing climate and biodiversity projects. She is the author of a book (Cambridge University Press, 2011), chapter in books, articles and several technical reports. 

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