How can public incentives help build sustainable value chains?

GLF Live with Javier de Paz, Magdaleno Mendoza Hernández, Sergio López and Maggie Gonzalez

Please note that this conversation is in Spanish only.

How can we ensure that commodity value chains are sustainable and responsible? A crucial step is to implement integrated landscape management practices. This can often be done through capacity building at national, subnational and local levels.

The Landscape Policy Accelerator aims to do just that. Co-hosted by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), it is a peer-to-peer, capacity building program for policymakers aiming to accelerate the implementation of landscape restoration.

Join us for this Spanish-language GLF Live hosted by Maggie Gonzalez and featuring experts Javier de Paz, Magdaleno Mendoza Hernández and Sergio López. Hosted in cooperation with the Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration (FOLUR) Impact Program, this conversation examines how public incentive programs can be leveraged to promote sustainable value chains across various commodities.

Maggie Gonzalez (moderator) is a project manager with the Landscape Policy Accelerator at WRI. She holds a MSc in ecological economics from the University of Edinburgh and a B.A. in international relations with a minor in economics and development studies from San Francisco State University, including a year of study abroad at the University of Legon, Ghana. Maggie has more than 10 years of experience working across Latin America and Africa on nature-based solutions, integrated water resources, ecosystem services, and public incentive policies for landscape restoration. She currently manages WRI’s Global Landscape Policy Accelerator and is passionate about advancing win-win solutions that ensure ecological and economic benefits for key stakeholders across landscapes.

Javier de Paz is the head of forest restoration at the National Institute of Forests of Guatemala (INAB). He is an agronomist by profession with two master’s degrees, the first in project formulation and evaluation and the second in environmental management and sustainability. Javier has more than 18 years of experience in planning, executing, and monitoring projects, designing strategies to achieve programmed goals with private companies, civil society, academia and the government of Guatemala. He chairs the National Forest Landscape Restoration Roundtable, a space that coordinates actions for restoration in Guatemala.

Magdaleno Mendoza Hernández is the director of natural resources at the Secretariat of Natural Resources (SEDEMA), State of Veracruz, Mexico. He is an agronomist from the Universidad Veracruzana (UV) and holds a master’s degree in forest ecology from the Institute of Forestry Research of the UV. He has collaborated with civil associations, academic and research institutions for more than 12 years in developing procedures and techniques aimed at ecological restoration, conservation and environmental management. He currently serves as head of the Directorate of Natural Resources of SEDEMA, in charge of the implementation of public policy and decision making in matters of ecological planning, management of protected natural areas, restoration and rehabilitation of the ecosystems of the Veracruz territory.
Sergio López is the director for sustainable management at the Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (FMCN). Sergio holds a PhD in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University in the United States and is an irrigation engineer from the Autonomous University of Chapingo. He has worked as a consultant, researcher and professor in integrated watershed management with national and international transdisciplinary teams. He has headed the Sustainable Management Area at FMCN since March 2021. His main interests are regenerative agriculture, sustainable business, resilient cities and watershed management.

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