Conversation with Leading Forest Carbon Offset Experts

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Webinar information

Challenges and opportunities of improving the sustainability of forests across the world emerge when applying voluntary carbon offsets. This webinar series illuminates carbon market trends in conjunction with broader corporate demand, carbon accounting methodologies, interplay of government partnerships, and financing global forest carbon projects for sustainable development.

Join the Sustainability and Certification (E6) Working Group in this presentation by international forest carbon offset experts and investors as they discuss trends in carbon finance, risks and opportunities, and the role of chain of custody globally to promote markets.

Is this webinar for you?

This webinar is intended for professionals who are knowledgeable and interested about forest carbon offsets, curious about the international applications, and those who need to communicate and manage the potential operational impacts of carbon and climate markets.


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Webinar access 

The webinar is scheduled for live viewing on October 27 at 1:00 pm ET. The Zoom Webinar platform will be used for the presentation. Be sure to connect to the webinar using a device approved to access Zoom.

The webinar is accessible within the Contents tab (to the right of the Overview information).

This webinar will be archived for future viewing through October 27, 2023 at 11:55 pm ET unless notified otherwise. 

Webinar duration

This webinar is 1 hour.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this webinar, you will be able to:

1. Discuss trends in carbon finance.

2. Identify risks and opportunities when applying voluntary carbon offsets.

3. Describe the global role of chain of custody in order to promote markets.


Successful completion of the webinar is measured by viewing the entire webinar and completing the evaluation.


Participant feedback is appreciated to help the working group and presenters continually improve webinars for future programming.


Upon successful completion of this webinar, you will earn 1.0 CFEs in Category 1. CFEs will automatically be added to your CFE record located on


Upon successful completion of this webinar and the evaluation, participants may download and print a certificate verifying completion of the webinar and earning CFEs. CFEs will be uploaded to participant CFE records by the end of the day (11:59 pm ET).

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Webinar Resources

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Need Help?

For ForestEd questions, visit FAQs, email, or check out the registration quick tips in the Handouts tab. For questions about this working group, contact the E6 Working Group Chair, Gabriel Thoumi, at For technical assistance and questions about this webinar, email


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Jan McAlpine

Board Member

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification

Jan Church McAlpine serves on several international boards, including The World Future Council and The PEFC, (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). McAlpine is formerly-CEO, United Nations Forum on Forests, working with 197 member countries forestry institutions. She is formerly the Sr. Advisor and Negotiator on Forests, U.S. Department of State, and Director, Trade and Environment, Executive Office of the President of the United States.

Spencer Plumb

Forest Carbon Innovation Manager


Spencer is the Forest Carbon Innovation, Manager at Verra. In this role he works on a wide range of forest carbon related efforts including methodology development, engaging with the US government, and managing relationships with external partners working in the forest carbon space. Prior to joining Verra, Spencer worked for the National Forest Foundation (NFF), where he developed tools for the quantification of ecosystem services, managed forest restoration projects, and explored the use of new conservation finance tools to increase the pace and scale of restoration on federal lands. Spencer holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho, a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Northern Arizona University, and a B.S. in Organizational Communication from University of Portland.

Gabriel Thoumi (Moderator)


Responsible Alpha

Gabriel Thoumi is a qualified investment research manager with over 13 years' experience as an award-winning ESG research manager (2014, 2015, 2020 & 2021) and an Erb Institute and Consortium Fellowship recipient. He is a member of various Fortune 500 and NGO boards and scientific and financial technical committees including the S&P Sustainable Finance Scientific Council. He has published over 70 ESG Integration™ investment reports, edited two finance textbooks on conserving our land and ocean resources, and hundreds of news articles on ESG integration™. In his career, he has successfully led ESG Integration™ capital market innovations in ETFs, public finance, and green bonds funds; large and mid-cap U.S., global, and emerging markets funds management; corporate engagement; and carbon markets. He is an adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches Financing a Sustainable World. Gabriel has an MBA and Master of Science in natural resources and sustainable systems from the University of Michigan.


Conversation with Leading Forest Carbon Offset Experts Webinar
10/27/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 10/27/2022
10/27/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 10/27/2022
Conversation with Leading Forest Carbon Offset Experts Q&A responses
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. If you sent in a question and there wasn't time in the webinar to answer it, please refer to this extra handout with more answers.
7 Questions
7 Questions Please complete the evaluation to help inform the continuous improvement of future programming provided by SAF's Sustainability and Certification (E6) Working Group.
CFEs & Certificate
Live and Archive Viewing: 1.00 CAT1 credit and certificate available
Live and Archive Viewing: 1.00 CAT1 credit and certificate available Download, save and print for your records. Your CFEs will be posted to your SAF CFE record today.