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Zuelclady Araujo Gutierrez

Research Scholar

Integrated Biosphere Futures Research Group

Biodiversity and Natural Resources


Zuelclady M.F. Araujo Gutierrez is a researcher in the Integrated Biosphere Futures Research Group of the IIASA Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program specializing in climate change policies and economic analysis. In the climate change area, her main expertise is focused on mitigation policies and REDD+ activities on national and sub-national levels.

She has more than fourteen years of experience working on climate change mitigation projects. The main activities she has been involved in include the development of Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventories; baseline scenarios and projections for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Long-term Strategies (LTS), and Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification Systems; accounting rules for nested or jurisdictional approaches; and the development of benefit distribution systems and forest reference emission levels. Her expertise includes providing technical assistance to governments and stakeholders to design and implement climate change public policies.

In addition to the above, she has experience in the development of general equilibrium models that integrate socioeconomic variables and environmental components to analyze their impact on the population and GHG emissions. The projects she has worked on has provided useful tools to governments for the projections needed to define mitigation actions and pathways to accomplish their climate change commitments. As a complement, she is proficient in analyzing different countries’ policies to promote lessons learned and provide recommendations to enhance their capabilities.

Araujo is a biologist with a Master’s degree in Economics and Public Policy. She also has a PhD in Public Policy, which she obtained under the framework of the partnership between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. In addition, she holds an MBA in Service Management from Escuela Bancaria Comercial in Mexico.

She is part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) roster of experts for technical review of greenhouse gas inventories; the annual information reported by Annex I Parties; an in-depth review of Annex I Party national communications; a review of biennial reports of developed country parties; matters related to non-Annex I Party national communications; the technical analysis of biennial update reports from non-Annex I Parties; and a technical assessment of proposed forest reference emission levels and/or forest reference levels for the implementation of REDD+ activities.

Araujo has working experience in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Argentina, Panama, the United States, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Indonesia, Spain, and Honduras.

Last update: 23 MAY 2022


FABLE (2023). Ecological restoration and deforestation control: Implications for Colombia’s agriculture and climate goals. FABLE Policy Brief. Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) , Paris, France/Laxenburg, Austria.

IBF-IIASA (2023). Global Biosphere Management Model (GLOBIOM) Documentation 2023 - Version 1.0. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis , Laxenburg, Austria.

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Analysis of current climate policies and mitigation commitments: 2022 update.
NewClimate Institute , Cologne, Germany.