Thelma Krug, Vice-Chair, IPCC, Brazil

Dermot Nolan

Thelma Krug is a senior researcher at the Earth Observation Coordination at the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil, under the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC). She holds a PhD on Spatial Statistics from the University of Sheffield, UK. She has been Deputy National Secretary at the Secretary on Policies and Programs of Science and Technology at MCTIC, National Secretary to the Secretary on Climate Change and Environmental Quality at the Ministry of the Environment (MMA) and, more recently, Director of the Department on Policies to Combat Deforestation at the MMA. From 2002 to 2015, she co-chaired the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and in October 2015 was elected as one of its Vice-Chairs. For more than 15 years, she represented Brazil in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations, particularly on issues related to land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), research and systematic observation and reporting guidelines.

She has several publications related to climate change and forests and has participated in the development of innovative methodologies for afforestation/reforestation under the Clean Development Mechanism. Her main areas of interest are climate change and the role of deforestation, forest degradation and land-use change, REDD+ and national greenhouse gas inventories.

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