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Diego Navarrete Carbon Specialist for The Nature Conservancy. © Diego Navarrete

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Diego Navarrete

Carbon Specialist

Bogota, Colombia

  • AREAs OF EXPERTISE

    Climate Change, Carbon Cycle, Tropical Forest Ecology

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Biography

Diego holds a PhD in Geography from University of Exeter (UK), a MSc in Amazonian Studies from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and a BSc in Biology from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). His research has been focused on establishing the impact of land-use change and management on carbon stock changes and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals within the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector. During his BSc and MSc studies, Diego focused his research on establishing the pattern of litter decomposition, litter fall and phenology of Amazonian forests, aiming to explain some processes associated with the carbon cycle in terrestrial ecosystems. In 2004 he received a scholarship from the Project for the Advancement of Networked Science in Amazonia (PAN-AMAZONIA) and the scholarship for Post-Graduate Outstanding Students from Universidad Nacional de Colombia to support his MSc research. His PhD research was focused on estimating carbon stocks/changes and GHG emissions/removals with forest-to-pasture conversion in the Colombian Amazon aimed to improve the Forest Reference Emission Level of Colombia. He was granted the AXA Research Fund Scholarship to support his PhD research.

Diego worked as a Researcher for Fundación Puerto Rastrojo, a Colombian NGO, where he analyzed ecological processes of the Amazon forest, including the net primary productivity of primary forests and plant decomposition, the patterns of flowering and fruiting of Amazonian trees, and the plant structure and composition of primary forests. From September 2009 Diego joined the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies of Colombia (IDEAM), where he contributed to strengthen the national capacities of Colombia to support reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) projects by developing national protocols to estimate carbon stocks of Colombian forests. In May 2011 Diego started working for Carbon Decisions International as Carbon Inventory Expert in REDD+, where he participated in the projects:

  • Reducing emissions from avoided deforestation (REDD+) in the Multiple Use Zone of the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala;
  • Baseline of emissions due to deforestation in San Martín region, Peru;
  • Baseline of emissions due to deforestation in Cusco region, Peru;
  • Emissions reference level in Ecuador;
  • Strengthening the Monitoring, Report and Verification System of REDD+ in Peru.

Diego joined TNC as Carbon Specialist in June 2016, where he aims to contribute to develop new methodologies to measure carbon stocks and changes associated with land-use changes in productive systems, and to estimate CO2 emissions and captures, and CO2 emission intensity associated with land-use conversion in productive systems of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The new methodologies and estimates will also contribute to better estimate the CO2 emissions/removals and payments included within a Payment for Environmental Services and REDD+ schemes implemented by some countries within the NASCA region. His research will contribute to generate better emission factors and protocols to help improve national communications of countries on climate change and forest reference emission levels to be submitted to the UNFCCC.

Diego’s research has been published in high-impact scientific journals, such as Nature and Global Change Biology, as well as in official reports and documents. He is a long-distance runner and he enjoys hiking through the forests and rural areas everywhere.

Diego holds a PhD in Geography from University of Exeter (UK), a MSc in Amazonian Studies from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and a BSc in Biology from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). His research has been focused on establishing the impact of land-use change and management on carbon stock changes and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals within the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector. Diego contributed to publish new methodologies to accurately estimate carbon stocks and changes with land-use conversion for the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification systems of Colombia and Peru. He also contributed to elaborate the forest reference emission level of Ecuador, and the baseline of GHG emissions due to deforestation in San Martín and Cusco regions (Peru) and the Multiple Use Zone of the Maya Biosphere Reserve (Guatemala). Diego’s research has been published in leading scientific journals, as well as in official reports and documents.

Diego currently works at TNC as Carbon Specialist for the NASCA program, where he aims to accurately estimate the carbon stocks/changes and GHG emissions/removals associated with land-use conversion in productive systems of Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, in support of climate change mitigation. Diego is a long-distance runner and he enjoys hiking through the forests and rural areas everywhere.

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Publications

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Indexed Publications

Carlos Pedraza, Nicola Clerici, Cristian Fabián Forero, América Melo, Diego Navarrete, Diego Lizcano, Andrés Felipe Zuluaga, Juliana Delgado and Gustavo Galindo (2018) Zero Deforestation Agreement Assessment at Farm Level in Colombia Using ALOS PALSAR. Remote Sensing, 10(9), 1464-1468.

Diego Navarrete, Stephen Sitch, Luiz E.O.C. Aragão, Lucio Pedroni (2016) Conversion from forests to pastures in the Colombian Amazon leads to contrasting soil carbon dynamics depending on land management practices. Global Change Biology.

Diego Navarrete, Stephen Sitch, Luiz E.O.C. Aragão, Lucio Pedroni, Alvaro Duque (2016) Conversion from forests to pastures in the Colombian Amazon leads to differences in dead wood dynamics depending on land management practices. Journal of Environmental Management, 171, 42-51.

Eliana M. Jiménez, María Cristina Peñuela-Mora, Carlos A. Sierra, Jon Lloyd, Oliver L. Phillips, Flavio H. Moreno, Diego Navarrete, Adriana Prieto, Agustín Rudas, Esteban Álvarez, Carlos A. Quesada, Maria Angeles Grande-Ortíz, Antonio García-Abril, Sandra Patiño (2014) Edaphic controls on ecosystem-level carbon allocation in two contrasting Amazon forests. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 9(119), 1820-1830.

Asner, G.P., J.K. Clark, J. Mascaro, G.A. Galindo García, K.D. Chadwick, D.A. Navarrete-Encinales, G. Paez-Acosta, E. Cabrera Montenegro, T. Kennedy-Bowdoin, Á. Duque, A. Balaji, P. von Hildebrand, L. Maatoug, J.F. Phillips Bernal, A.P. Yepes Quintero, D.E. Knapp, M.C. García Dávila, J. Jacobson, and M.F. Ordóñez (2012) High-resolution mapping of forest carbon stocks in the Colombian Amazon. Biogeosciences, 9, 2683-2696.

Yepes-Quintero, A., A.J. Duque-Montoya, D. Navarrete-Encinales, J. Phillips-Bernal, E. Cabrera-Montenegro, A. Corrales-Osorio, E. Álvarez-Dávila, G. Galindo-García, M.C. García-Dávila, A. Idárraga & D. Vargas-Galvis (2011) Estimación de las reservas y pérdidas de carbono por deforestación en los bosques del Departamento de Antioquia, Colombia. Actualidades Biológicas, 33(95), 193-208.

Chave, J., D. Navarrete, S. Almeida, E. Álvarez, L.E.O.C. Aragão, J.S. Espejo, P. von Hildebrand, E. Jiménez, S. Patiño, M.-C. Peñuela, O. Phillips, P. Stevenson, P. Châtelet, Y. Malhi (2010) Regional and seasonal patterns of litterfall in tropical South America. Biogeosciences, 7, 43-55.

Aragão, L.E.O.C., Y. Malhi, D.B. Metcalfe, J.E.S. Espejo, E. Jimenez, D. Navarrete, S. Almeida, A.C.L. Costa, N. Salinas, O.L. Phillips, L.O. Anderson, T. Baker, A.R. Dávila, P.H. Goncalvez, J.A.S. Junior, P. Meir, A. Monteagudo, J.H. Ovalle, A. Prieto, C.A. Quesada, A. Rudas, M.M. Solórzano, R. Vasquez (2009) Above- and below-ground net primary productivity across ten Amazonian forests on contrasting soils. Biogeosciences, 6, 2759-2778.

Borchert. R, S. Renner, Z. Calle, D. Navarrete, A. Tye, L. Gautier, R. Spichinger & P. von Hildebrand (2005) Photoperiodic induction of synchronous flowering near the Ecuator. Nature, 433, 627-629.

Publications on REDD+ Satrategy of Colombia

Navarrete, D.A., A.J. Duque, A.P. Yepes, J.F. Phillips, K.R. Cabrera, E.W. López, C.M. Rivera, M.C. García & M.F. Ordóñez. 2011. Madera muerta: un reservorio de carbono en bosques naturales de Colombia. Validación metodológica para su medición en el marco de proyectos REDD+. Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales –IDEAM–. Bogotá D.C., Colombia, 29 pp.

Yepes, A.P., D.A. Navarrete, J.F. Phillips, A.J. Duque, E. Cabrera, G. Galindo, D. Vargas, M.C. García & M.F. Ordóñez. 2011. Estimación de las emisiones de dióxido de carbono generados por deforestación durante el período 2005 – 2010. Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales –IDEAM–. Bogotá D.C., Colombia, 32 pp.

Yepes, A.P., D.A. Navarrete, A.J. Duque, J.F. Phillips, K.R. Cabrera, E. Álvarez, M.C. García & M.F. Ordóñez. 2011. Protocolo para la estimación nacional y subnacional de biomasa – carbono en Colombia. Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales –IDEAM–. Bogotá D.C., Colombia, 162 pp.

Phillips, J.F., A.J. Duque, K.R. Cabrera, A.P. Yepes, D.A. Navarrete, M.C. García, E. Álvarez, D. Cabrera, D. Cárdenas, G. Galindo, M.F. Ordóñez, M.L. Rodríguez & D.M. Vargas. 2011. Estimación de las reservas potenciales de carbono almacenado en la biomasa aérea en bosques naturales de Colombia. Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales –IDEAM–. Bogotá D.C., Colombia, 32 pp.

Phillips, J.F., A.J. Duque, A.P. Yepes, K.R. Cabrera, M.C. García, D.A. Navarrete, E. Álvarez, E. Cárdenas. 2011. Estimación de las reservas actuales (2010) de carbono almacenado en la biomasa aérea en bosques naturales de Colombia. Estratificación, alometría y métodos analíticos. Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales –IDEAM–. Bogotá D.C., Colombia, 68 pp.

Arango Castro, G.L., L.M. Arévalo Sánchez, A.P. Barbosa Herrera, A. Beltrán Guerrero, E. Cabrera Montenegro, M.C. Cardona Ruíz, I.M. Casallas Martínez, S.P. Cruz Argüello, M. Cuellar Buraglia, A.J. Duque Montoya, G. Galindo García, A.F. García Azuero, M.C. García Dávila, R. León Cruz, M.P. León Poveda, M.M. Medina Muñoz, D.A. Navarrete Encinales, C.P. Olarte Villanueva, V.A. Peña Bohórquez, J.F. Phillips Bernal, A. Prieto Cruz, A. Ruíz Díaz, D. Vargas Galvis & A.P. Yepes Quintero. 2010. Informe anual sobre el estado del medio ambiente y los recursos naturales renovables en Colombia. Bosques – 2009. IDEAM. Bogotá D.C., 236 pp.