Charlene Watson

Charlene Watson

Research Officer
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Charlene's research interests focus on the complexities associated with channelling and programming climate finance effectively with a focus on finance for REDD+.

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.

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