Diana Santacruz' Talk

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What was your background before coming to Carbon Credits Consulting?

I have been working in Carbon Sequestration since 2009, ever since I studied the Eddy Covariance technique to analyze the amount of carbon sequestered by temperate forests in the northern part of the world. After that, I supported the consolidation of the National REDD+ Strategy for Colombia and advised the Forest Directorate of the Ministry of Environment in my country.

Later, I worked for development cooperation agencies in Colombia, first for the German agency, contributing to the development of a multisectoral agenda for emission reduction and its complementarity with the strategy and goals set for the NDC.

Later on, I worked with the US Agency to support Afro, Peasant, and Indigenous Communities displaced by the armed conflict and now returning to their territories thanks to the signing of the Peace Agreement. My work involved analyzing the long-term feasibility and effectiveness of developing REDD+ projects in the forests owned by these communities upon their return home.

I also had the opportunity to work with private investors in Colombia on specific initiatives for greenhouse gas emissions reduction in the Colombian Amazon. I carried out similar processes in the tropical rainforest of the Colombian Pacific with European developers in Latin America.

And now, I have finally arrived at CCC Italy.

What is your role as Coordinator of Design and Implementation of NbS Projects at CCC? What are your main activities?

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As the Coordinator of Design and Implementation of NbS Projects, my role is to seek harmony between the needs of the forest, its current state, and the project design, ensuring that it is reflected in the project implementation. This requires a team-based approach, utilizing the theory of change, which allows us to visualize the development phases of brilliant ideas.

These ideas are collectively designed with experts from different fields of work, as well as with the communities and forest owners. From the very beginning, we strive to receive the opinions and advice of these stakeholders, who are ultimately the inhabitants of the territory and accompany us throughout the entire process.

My activities range from accompanying the collection of primary information in the field, whether in the forest or with the communities, to analyzing secondary information in the office. I am also involved in the writing and presentation of project documents to meet standards, satisfy auditors, and engage relevant authorities.

Additionally, I maintain a close relationship with forest owners, users, and the technical team. This includes overseeing the design, implementation, and improvement of the field process based on the results obtained.

What is your favorite part of working at CCC?

The possibility of enjoying a multicultural work environment is something I value greatly because I believe that diversity makes us stronger, and I truly enjoy it.

I also appreciate the fact that it is considered important to uphold a work culture based on honesty and respect. There is a fostering of a value system that embraces acknowledging both our own and others’ limitations while also recognizing virtues.

Arguments and experiences are honored, and interactions among different generations are encouraged as they come together to give birth to creativity and strive for maximum effectiveness in generating strategies to achieve common goals.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love spending quality time with the people I love, laughing, talking, being together. In general, I enjoy and appreciate the life that has been given to me, and that is not limited to a specific activity or situation.

Among the things I enjoy doing the most are riding a bicycle, going to the sea, swimming in the river, eating, and dancing.

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