Director, Forests and Climate
One of the newest approaches to conservation is a program aimed at keeping trees standing: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+). Through the program, incentives—both financial and non-financial—are offered to developing countries that create and implement strategies to manage and use their forests responsibly. Lloyd leads WWF’s efforts to ensure that these funds, which have topped $10 billion, are allocated and spent effectively. He provides guidance so the funding directly addresses the main drivers of deforestation and forest degradation (such as illegal logging and the conversion of forest land to create ranches and farms). He also uses his expertise to ensure the funding respects the rights and livelihoods of indigenous people and local communities that depend on forests to survive. He does so, in large part, by working with WWF teams and governments in Nepal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Peru and elsewhere to develop and implement REDD+ strategies and funding proposals.
Lloyd also represents Northern Civil Society as an Official Observer at the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, which is advancing large-scale REDD+ programs in about a dozen countries.
In addition to being the director of Forests and Climate for WWF-US, Lloyd serves as the REDD+ Multilateral Finance Lead for WWF’s Global Forest and Climate Program.
Lloyd started his career as a field biologist intern with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), where he did primary surveys for rare birds, reptiles and amphibians in order to identify priority conservation areas in the southeastern United States. He took this local work into a regional conservation planning role with TNC. After completing his graduate studies, Lloyd worked on international environmental policy for the U.S. State Department.
“My dream is to see leaders around the world value how important forests are to our health and well-being so that our kids and their kids can also experience wildness in their lives.”
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M.S., PhD., Wildlife ecology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Areas of Expertise
- REDD+ program design
- Multilateral climate finance
- Land-use and agricultural drivers of deforestation
- Conservation biology
- Population ecology