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CGD senior fellow Frances Seymour has been awarded the title of Officer by the French Republic’s Order of Agricultural Merit (Officier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole for her work as Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) from 2006 to 2012.  As the recipient of this award, she joins an elite French club that includes such luminaries as Louis Pasteur.  

Read the full press release here.

See the event here.

The French Republic chose well when it selected Frances Seymour for this honor.  She has been a great asset to us here at CGD, where she leads our Tropical Forests for Climate and Development initiative, which is helping to broaden policymakers’ understanding of the close links between forest protection, successful development and reduced climate change threat. Frances epitomizes the combination of research rigor and practical policy experience that is a hallmark of our work at CGD.

I am looking forward to a reception that will be held in Frances’s honor at the French Embassy on May 1.  A few places remain for friends and admirers who have not yet received an invitation. If you are among them, you can send a note to to request one. 


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