Judith Walcott

Judith has worked for several years supporting governments and other technical partners in Latin America to plan for mitigation and adaptation actions that take account of social and environmental benefits and risks and safeguards, particularly in the context of REDD+.  Her work also has focused on the use of spatial information to inform REDD+ strategy development and implementation. Judith has also supported regional and global level UN-REDD work on safeguards, and national work in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru.  She was the technical lead for the development of the safeguards module for the REDD+ Academy, and facilitated safeguards sessions at the first regional REDD+ Academies in the Asia Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean regions.  Judith is also currently contributing to a UN Environment and Interamerican Development Bank-funded project focused on nature-based solutions for infrastructure that take account of climate resilience. 

Before joining UNEP-WCMC, Judith completed her PhD in Geography at the University of Cambridge. Her dissertation focused on development interventions in Ecuador’s northern Andean border region. Judith also holds an MSc in Anthropology and Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University.