Naomi Swickard

Title: Director, Land-based Frameworks
Joined VCS: 2009
Languages spoken:Spanish (intermediate), French (basic), Russian (stale), Thai (travelers)
Lives: Geneva, Switzerland

As Director, Land-based Frameworks, Naomi is responsible for implementing new standards frameworks and supporting host country users, particularly in the land-use sector. She currently oversees the Landscape Standard, a new initiative which provides outcome-based metrics for assessing sustainable production at the landscape scale. She also works to establish and oversee key partnerships for existing and new land-based frameworks, including with donors, host countries and business and NGO partners.

Naomi also oversees the VCS Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNR) framework, which provides a fully operational accounting and crediting platform for jurisdictional REDD+ programs, including methods to integrate nested projects. Naomi oversees both implementation and program management for JNR, with her team supporting the on-the-ground efforts of governments and local partners.

Previously, Naomi served as the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Manager for VCS, where she oversaw the development and piloting of JNR and managed the evolution of the AFOLU Requirements, which is now the preeminent global carbon accounting standard for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). Naomi oversaw the expansion of the standard to include peatlands, wetlands, grasslands and shrublands, as well as a number of updates and improvements to the AFOLU Requirements.  She has also led advancement of various important tools, including the revised AFOLU Non-Permanence Risk Tool and the creation of the Jurisdictional Non-Permanence Risk Tool.

Before joining VCS, Naomi focused on quality assurance for VCS, Gold Standard and CDM projects with South Pole Carbon, and provided program coordination for climate change and environmental services programs with Conservation International. She has worked on climate and environment-related issues for over a decade. Naomi holds a Master’s degree in International Development, with a focus on Environmental Policy, from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.