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An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
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Charlene Watson
Charlene Watson

Charlene Watson

Research Officer, Climate and Environment

As part of the Climate Change, Environment and Forests team, Charlene’s work at ODI focuses on the flows, sources and instruments of climate finance at both the national and international level. Within this her work considers what constitutes climate-related forest expenditure as well as monitoring and tracking such climate finance so as to explore the effectiveness of the spend; a delicate balance between competing objectives and forest policies, and reliant on building an enabling environment for forest conservation which is hard define, measure and evaluate.

Charlene’s experience spans academia, multilateral institutions and NGOs. Her experience centres around forest conservation and reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) which brings together a number of contemporary issues in conservation and development, as well as presenting interesting challenges for international climate change policy and finance. Past work has included environmental valuation, forest carbon accounting, and environmental cost-benefit analyses.


Building natural capital: how REDD+ can support a Green Economy

Publication - Research reports and studies - 21 March 2014
This report, on the current status and future potential of REDD+, describes the many benefits of forests and other ecosystems as a way of demonstrating that forests have multiple values beyond carbon sequestration and indeed are a foundation for sustainable societies. In doing so it provides a summary of the elements necessary for integrating REDD+ into a green economy, providing policymakers with innovative ideas for supporting economic development while maintaining or increasing forest cover.

REDD-plus finance

Publication - Briefing papers - 8 November 2013
Alice Caravani, Smita Nakhooda, Charlene Watson, Will McFarland, Overseas Development Institute, and Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böll Stiftung
REDD-plus finance has received a lot of attention over the last years. This Brief describes the funding initiatives in support of this major international mitigation strategy and raises some ongoing challenges for the equitable delivery of climate finance.


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