EU REDD Facility team


Valérie Merckx

Team leader 

Valérie leads the EU REDD Facility's team and the design and implementation of the Facility’s strategy. 

Valérie previously worked at the European Commission as part of the EU international climate negotiations team, where she followed forest and land-use issues. Before that Valérie worked for the French Office National des Forêts (ONF), first as head of a territorial unit and then following climate and energy issues at ONF headquarters. She has a background in forestry and agronomics.


Christophe Van Orshoven

Legality of forest conversion; knowledge management; EU policy

Christophe leads the Facility's legal work on land allocation and forest conversion. He is also responsible for knowledge management and informing EU policymaking on deforestation. 

Christophe previously worked at Belgium's Federal Ministry for the Environment where he was involved in the development of the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan and the EU Timber Regulation, and followed forest issues at the UN climate change negotiations. He has a background in environmental economics and international relations.


Jeremy Broadhead

Asia coordinator

Jeremy coordinates the Facility's work on forest and land use governance in Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. He is based in the European Forest Institute’s office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Jeremy has extensive experience in international forestry, working mainly in the Asia-Pacific region on forest and land-use policy and climate change. He previously worked for the US Agency for International Development’s Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forests (USAID-LEAF) programme, and at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization as a forestry and land-use policy advisor. Jeremy has a background in forestry and ecology.


Thomas Sembres

Supply chain transparency

Thomas leads the Facility's work with producer and consumer countries on enhancing the transparency of forest-risk commodity trade. He is also engaged in the Transparency for Sustainable Economies (Trase) initiative to improve monitoring of forest-risk supply chains. 

Thomas previously worked on land-use governance issues at the UN Environment Programme (Kenya), the World Bank (United States) and philanthropic foundations. He has a background in environmental policy.


Adeline Dontenville

Land-use finance and Côte d'Ivoire

Adeline leads the Facility's work on land-use finance analysis and supports governments and stakeholders in Francophone Africa and South-East Asia in designing and implementing incentives to reduce deforestation and forest degradation. 

Adeline was previously based in the Philippines, as climate change and environment project officer for the French Development Agency (AFD). Before that she worked at the European Commission as part of the EU international climate negotiations team, focusing on climate finance. She has a background in EU policy and risk analysis.


Pascal Douard

Land-use planning; Cameroon and the Republic of the Congo

Pascal focuses on land-use planning in the Congo Basin, by managing and developing activities that use the Facility's interactive Land-use Planner tool.

Pascal previously worked for the World Resources Institute where he managed the implementation of the Global Forest Watch forest atlases in the Congo Basin countries. He has a background in forestry, land-use planning and GIS.


Frédéric Baron

Democratic Republic of the Congo; Colombia and Ecuador

Frédéric coordinates the Facility's work on land-use planning, land-use finance and supply chain transparency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Latin America, supporting governments and stakeholders in their strategies to reduce deforestation. 

Frédéric was previously based in Madagascar, as a REDD Chief Technical Advisor for the World Bank. He has also researched forest carbon markets at the Institute for Climate Economics (I4CE) and worked as a project manager at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environment (LSCE). He has a background in tropical forestry.