Amy Duchelle

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Amy Duchelle is Team Leader and Senior Scientist in the Climate Change, Energy & Low Carbon Development team at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor, Indonesia. She leads CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+, which engages a dynamic network of research partners and diverse stakeholders to produce information, analysis and tools towards protecting tropical forests and enhancing the rights and livelihoods of local people. Prior to moving to Indonesia in 2015, Duchelle worked for CIFOR in Brazil, where she lived and worked for nearly ten years. She holds a Ph.D. in Tropical Forestry from the University of Florida, a M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a B.A. in Biology from Colorado College.

Amy is speaking at

Learning Track: Measuring Progress Session
June 3, 2020
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm



The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration offers the much-needed opportunity to align efforts by policy communities that too often operate in silos. Given the magnitude of the challenge to restore our ecosystems, a failure to cooperate would aggravate the risk of not achieving SDG 15 by 2030. Against this backdrop, this session unites representatives from land restoration programs, sustainable soil management, and rights-based land governance. In terms of actors, this segment focuses on the role of smallholder farmers as central actors in promoting restoration activities. This segment explores how to create an enabling environment for restoration activities, in particular by smallholders. It is divided in the following three sessions.

This session is organised under TMG’s SEWOH Lab project (2020-2024). The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).  

June 3, 2020
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm


  • Sarah D’haen (Moderator) SEWOH Lab Project Coordinator, TMG Research
  • Leigh Winowiecki (Speaker) Soil and Land Health Leader, CIFOR / ICRAF
  • Amos Wekesa (Speaker) Environment and Climate Change Advisor, Vi Agroforestry
  • Amy Duchelle (Speaker) Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)


Financing restoration at scale remains one of the key challenges. Payments for ecosystem services and payments for soil organic carbon enhancements (SOC) are increasingly discussed as one way to channel resources to restoration efforts. SOC payments are a comparatively new instrument. The SOC payment schemes can therefore learn from experiences of REDD+ projects. Given the overall focus of this segment, this session will reflect on how soil organic carbon projects can benefit smallholder farming communities and reward them for their restoration activities. Our panellists will share insights into REDD+ initiatives and will discuss how these experiences can inform the design and implementation of SOC projects. Particular attention will be given to explore enabling environments, and if and how digital and social innovations can play a role here.

- Amy Duchelle, Team Leader - Climate Change, Energy & Low-Carbon, CIFOR / ICRAF
- Leigh Winowiecki, Soil and Land Health Leader, CIFOR / ICRAF
- Amos Wekesa, Environment and Climate Change Advisor, Vi Agroforestry

Facilitated by Sarah D’haen, Project Coordinator, TMG Research

Learning Track: Storytelling
June 4, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


  • Holden Thorp (Speaker) Editor-in-Chief, Science Family of Journals
  • Amy Duchelle (Speaker) Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)


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Our understanding of reality is science, and so too is our shaping of it. Facts, research, evidence are ideally the foundations of how consequential decisions are made, in policy, business and institutions, but also in households, relationships and one’s own life. Now, what role is science playing in creating a true narrative during crises such as COVID-19 and climate change? And vice versa: how are crises affecting science’s narrative and public trust? In this session, a forestry scientist will speak with the head of some of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals about the role of science in narrative-building today.

Relevant Materials

Do us a favor, by Holden Thorp
Transforming REDD+: Lessons and new directions, co-authored by Amy Duchelle


“The important thing is to never stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein
“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.” – Carl Sagan

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