Monica Julissa De Los Rios de Leal received her B.S. degree in biology and an MSc. degree in Ecology and Natural Resources Management from the Federal University of Acre. Over the last 10 years she has been working on 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 the State Plan for Prevention and Control of Deforestation of Acre. She also supported the development of the State System of Incentives for Environmental Services (SISA) of Acre, which includes a jurisdictional carbon program for low emission development at the subnational level. She was the representative of the Government of Acre at the Governors Climate and Forest Task Force (GCF) and was part of the REDD Working Group created by the Memorandum of Understanding between California, Acre and Chiapas. She was part of the International Steering Committee of the REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards (REDD+ SES). Monica currently 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 Brazilian states.