Monica Julissa De Los Rios de Leal received her B.S. degree in biology and obtained an MSc. degree in Ecology and Natural Resources Management by the Federal University of Acre. Over the last 10 years she has been working with monitoring deforestation and forest fires in the southwestern Amazon. Between 2008 - 2014 she worked for the Government of Acre in the development and implementation of state public policies to mitigate climate change as the State Plan for Prevention and Control Deforestation of Acre and the Law that create the State System of Incentives for Environmental Services – SISA of Acre that include a Jurisdictional Carbon Program as a strategy to establish a low emission development at subnational level. She was the representative of the Government of Acre at the Governor for Climate and Forest Task Force – GCF, in the REDD Working Group created by the Memorandum of Understanding between California, Acre and Chiapas, and in the International Steering Committee of the REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards (REDD+ SES).
Monica’s work at Earth Innovation’s directly supports national and subnational governments in Peru and Brazil to design and implement REDD+ and LED-R strategies through territorial performance systems. This includes supporting the development of a GCF Performance Standard for the Brazilian states.