Amy Smith has more than 20 years of experience in responsible forest products trade and is currently working on mitigating and reversing the impacts of natural rubber, wood and pulp and paper as drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. In her current role, Amy engages with companies committed to sourcing sustainable natural rubber, wood and paper fiber from important forest regions, including the Greater Mekong, Borneo, and Sumatra, the Congo Basin, and the Amazon. Prior to her current role with WWF, Amy was Director of PATS, a non-profit organization that supports indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon to produce and market sustainably-harvested wooden handicrafts. Before that, Amy held other positions at WWF in the US and in Peru, where she provided technical assistance for forest conservation projects, with an emphasis on responsible forestry, sustainable community development, and protected area management. Amy has an M.A. in international affairs with a concentration in environmental policy from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College.
“Not only is it possible for conservation organizations to work effectively with corporations to ensure a healthy planet, it’s imperative.”
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