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Embedded at COP25

Winrock experts were an impressive presence at the latest global climate summit

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 25, held December 2-13 in Madrid, Winrock experts spoke at multiple events on many of the defining topics of COP25: carbon markets, community-led adaptation, and private sector engagement in adaptation. Michael Cote, Meghan Doherty, Mary Grady, Chris Hancock, John Kadyszewski, Jennifer Norfolk and Anmol Vanamali were all in attendance and Winrock hosted an official side event, “Financing NAP Processes,” moderated by Michael Cote, project director of the State Department-funded Private Investment for Enhanced Resilience (PIER) project.

At the Bangladesh Pavilion, Jennifer Norfolk, associate director of forestry and natural resource management, highlighted Winrock’s use of participatory climate vulnerability assessments (PCVAs) as part of the USAID Bangladesh Climate Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods project.

The American Carbon Registry‘s (ACR) Deputy Director Mary Grady and Director John Kadyszewski spoke about carbon markets, ACR and the new Architecture for REDD+ (ART) initiative at multiple events hosted by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. Grady and Kadyszewski also joined Emergent executive director Eron Bloomgarden and ART board chair Frances Seymour for a panel hosted by the International Emissions Trading Association.

Michael Cote, Meghan Doherty and Anmol Vanamali spoke at multiple events about the PIER project and private sector engagement in adaptation planning, financing and implementation. In general, COP 25 displayed an impressive showing of Winrock expertise.

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Climate Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL)

Climate change and a growing population are putting increasing levels of stress on Bangladesh’s forests, wetlands and other ecosystems. The USAID-funded Climate Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods program is helping to disseminate management methods that help communities better collaborate with local and national governments to balance biodiversity protection with sustainable economic development.

Private Investment for Enhanced Resilience (PIER)

PIER is an innovative climate finance project that incentivizes private sector investments in support of national development objectives that address climate change, such as National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), within countries of strategic interest to the United States, including Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Mozambique, Peru, Saint Lucia, Tanzania, and Vietnam. PIER demonstrates […]


Winrock has long recognized the threat posed by climate change. ACR, founded in 1996 and operated by Winrock, is dedicated to the belief that markets are the most effective tools to tackle climate change. As such, ACR has developed transparent and science-based methodologies to incentivize carbon reductions in agriculture, transportation and other industries. ACR is also a partner in assuring that California’s landmark Cap-and-Trade Program can manage, verify and credit carbon offsets effectively.


Forest conservation and restoration represents a gigaton-scale mitigation opportunity that could transform the fight to slow climate change. To attract large-scale finance for reducing global deforestation, a credible system is needed to reward countries for reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). ART aims to unlock new long-term financial flows for forest countries to […]