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Dr. Thomas Falk is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Cooperation in Developing Countries at the University of Marburg, Germany
Institutional Economist by specialisation he has done extensive research in the field of natural resource governance in southern Africa. Thomas Falk studied in the frame of the project “Biodiversity Monitoring Transect Analysis in southern Africa” (BIOTA) the regulatory framework of land, water and forest resources in communal areas in Namibia. Read More He supported the establishment of the Biosphere Reserve Nuratau-Kyzylkum in Uzbekistan by promoting sustainable community and SMI- development. Currently he coordinates the subproject “Governing stakeholder involvement and capacity development” in the trans-disciplinary research project “The Future Okavango” (TFO,www.future-okavango.org) and is member of the scientific consortium of the “Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Use” (SASSCAL, www.sasscal.de).Read Less
Professor for geography and sustainable development, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern (Switzerland)
Hans Hurni is ordinary professor for geography and sustainable development. His thematic focus is on natural resource management and ecology; syndrome mitigation; sustainable development appraisals; Read More development of multi-level and multi-stakeholder approaches; soil erosion process assessments; soil and water conservation experimentation; nature conservation; inter- and transdisciplinary research and methodological developments in these fields. His field experiences are in Ethiopia, Thailand, Madagascar, Eritrea, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Cameroon, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, while he did professional visits to over 30 countries.Read Less
Senior consultant in the division "Global knowledge Sharing and Learning" at the GIZ
Volker Lichtenthaeler joined the GIZ's Global Campus 21 E-Academy in 2008. He works now as a senior consultant in the division "Global knowledge Sharing and Learning".
Online-Tutor, E-Learning Specialist
Claudia Musekamp is an e-learning specialist from Berlin, Germany. She has more than 15 years experience in developing, producing and tutoring online-courses for universities, enterprises and organizations. Read More She has worked with international teams among others from India and the US. While her academic background is in international relations, her interest is in emerging technologies and their use for learning.Read Less
Director of the Africa Centre at the Stockholm Environment Institute
Stacey Noel is Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute's Africa Centre, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She joined the Stockholm Environment Institute in June 2005 and was based at SEI York (UK) until August 2008, when she moved to SEI Africa. Read More She has an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and previously worked for the US State Department in Washington, DC and Hong Kong as well as for a grassroots conservation NGO in Belize. Her main research topics are water and ecosystem services and their role in livelihoods, growth and poverty reduction.Read Less
Research fellow and PostDoc at the Institute for World Forestry at the University of Hamburg
Dr. Daniel Plugge is a research fellow and PostDoc at the Institute for World Forestry at the University of Hamburg. He has obtained his diploma in wood science and technology with a focus on tropical forestry and a diploma thesis on reforestation of degraded land in northern Brazil. Read More His doctoral thesis focused on the climate change mitigation mechanism REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) with special emphasis on the topic of forest degradation and the economic implications of uncertainties in the assessment of emission reductions. He coordinated the forestry related research in the subproject “Natural ecosystems and functions - Interdependences of land use practices and natural resource-related ESS/F” in the research project “Sustainable Land Management in south-western Madagascar” (SuLaMa, www.sulama.de) and currently works in the cluster of excellence CliSAP (Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction, www.klimacampus.de.Read Less
Project Officer at UNU-INWEH, Water and Ecosystems programme
Dr. Emmanuelle Quillérou is a Project Officer at UNU-INWEH, part of the Water and Ecosystems programme. She is an Environmental Economist and originally trained as an agronomist. She holds a MSc in Applied Environmental Economics at Imperial College London (UK) and obtained her PhD in Agri-Environmental Economics from the University of Kent (UK) in 2010. Read More She has worked in France, the UK, Mexico and Canada in a range of disciplines. She has experience in environmental valuation, policy assessment and natural resource management. She has also worked as a consultant tutor for the University of London’s distance learning programme.Read Less
Coordinator for the initiative "Economics of Land Degradation" at GIZ
Mark Schauer is the Coordinator for the initiative "Economics of Land Degradation-ELD" at GIZ, responsible for the overall coordination of the ELD project. Before Mark joined GIZ, he worked for the United Nations Environment Programme as the Head of the Central Office of TEEB and the Division for International Nature Conservation of the German Federal Ministry for Environment (BMU) as a coordinator for projects which linked economic and ecologic issues. Read More He holds a Master Degree in Forestry Management. After his graduation, he worked in Europe, southern Africa and southern Asia on natural resource management and nature conservation, focusing on this issue's interconnectedness with economics, poverty alleviation and institutional support programmes.Read Less
Drylands Programme Assistant Director at UNU-INWEH
Dr Richard Thomas is UNU-INWEH's Assistant Director for the Drylands Programme. He has over 20 years experience in managing and implementing research projects and directing research teams on natural resources management including soils, water and biodiversity. Read More A significant portion of his work has been on strengthening managerial and institutional capacity through the development of networks of scientists from developed and developing countries - this includes projects in Latin America, Africa and Asia.Read Less
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