Dr. Michael Dutschke is founder and director of biocarbon consult, based in Offenburg / Germany. Between 1997 and 2006, he had worked at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics on climate change mitigation policy, in particular in the land use and bioenergy sectors. He was Lead Author on forestry in the 4th IPCC Assessment Report published and awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 2007. He was involved in the development of the Climate Community and Biodiversity Standard (issued 2005), and is head of the Oversight Organization of the recently-launched Global Conservation Standard. Since the emergence of the debate on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in 2002, he has specialized in developing policy instruments and concrete mitigation methodologies for REDD. In 2004 and 2005, he was member of the CDM Executive Board’s Afforestation & Reforestation Working Group. During his leave of absence to the University of Sao Paulo as a visiting research fellow from 1999 to 2002, he joined the FLORAM working group on Forestry and Environment. Ever since the signature of the Kyoto Protocol, he has been leading capacity and institution building activities in Latin America, in South-East Africa, and in Africa.