Lisa Best has over nine years of experience in the fields of sustainable management of forests predominantly in the NGO sector in Suriname, coordinating projects and collaborating with indigenous and tribal communities, community organizations, national- and international organizations.
She specializes in ecosystem services, REDD+ and climate change, working on conducting social-ecological and participatory research, capacity strengthening and science-policy communication. Starting out with REDD+, she has worked on various components of REDD+ Readiness activities in Suriname, such as preparing the Readiness Preparation Proposal, capacity building of indigenous and tribal communities, and contributed to development of the REDD+ Strategy. Most recently, she spearheaded a twinning project on tropical urban forests, trees and ecosystem services. She currently works on developing and implementing projects for enhancing climate smart land use practices.
Lisa holds a Master in Environmental Systems Analysis from Wageningen University and Research and is currently a PhD candidate exploring forest-water-people interlinkages through serious games.