Guest lecture series for Global Biodiversity Governance course – April 1 & 8


Series of guest lectures in Global Biodiversity Governance (EVPP 490/505, Spring 2015)

Wednesdays 7.20 -­‐ 10 PM, Nguyen Engineering Building, room 1107

All GMU students, faculty and staff are welcome!

April 1: WWF — REDD+ as a means to advance broader conservation agendas

Josefina Braña Varela, Policy Director, WWF Forest and Climate Program

Josefina Braña has been the REDD+ Policy Director at WWF since February 2013. She has a wide experience in international negotiations under the UN system – she has been part of Mexico’s delegation to the CBD, UNFF and UNFCCC, where she negotiated REDD+. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy (with a special focus on Environmental Policy) from the University of Maryland, and studied International Relations in her hometown, Mexico City.

April 8 – Greenpeace -­‐ Campaigning and collaboration for forest conservation

Susanne Breitkopf, Senior Political Advisor, Greenpeace International & Policy Manager EIA

Susanne Breitkopf has worked on forests, natural resources and governance for over 20 years. She has lived, and worked with NGOs and government organizations, on 3 continents. For the past 8 years, she served at Greenpeace International as forest campaigner, political advisor, and team leader for international forest and climate policy. She recently switched to the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) as Policy Manager. She holds a Master degree in Political Science from Sorbonne University in Paris.

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: