Experts' profiles - Richard Tingem Munang
Richard Tingem Munang
Dr. Richard Munang is currently the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator. He is also the UNEP Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EbA) for Food Security Focal Person. Previously he was the Policy & Programme Coordinator for the UNEP/UNDP Africa Climate Change Adaptation & Development (CC DARE) programme.

Under his coordination, he rallied the entire continent and push for an Ecosystem-Based Adaptation driven agriculture paradigm shift as the approach to address food security and build climate resilience. As a result of these efforts the African Union Commission has considered EBA-driven agriculture approach among priority mechanisms for delivering the Strategy and Roadmap of Malabo declarations to achieve the 2025 Vision on CAADP.

He spearheaded the conceptualization, planning and creation of the first ever Africa Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA), a continental policy institutional framework to harmonize in a participatory way, policy and implementation toward up-scaling solutions in EBA-driven agriculture and value chains to be the norm for job creation for the entire continent.

He also pioneered the Africa Adaptation Gap report series which have helped to contextualize the implications of climate change on Africa's development and recommended remedial actions that the region can take. The first ever Africa Adaptation Gap Report provided a stark analysis of where Africa stands in relation to its adaptation goals and has helped inform policymakers as well as African Ministers of Environment to negotiate the African position on climate change. Building on the first report he coordinated the 2nd Africa Adaptation Gap report which has guided the continent with clear recommendations and methodology to start looking within on how domestic revenue can be generated within countries sovereign realm to complement international funding for African countries in investing in resilience and adaptation as an integral part of national development planning..

His other experience includes working as a Research Fellow at Trinity College, University of Dublin, and a lecturer at the University of Nottingham. His areas of research combine interdisciplinary science on climate change and resilient development and the role of ecosystems in sustainable socio-ecological systems. He has conducted several assessments to understand how climate change affects agro-ecosystems and how adaptation strategies and policy can be formulated to reduce impacts. As of recent his focus has been on the role of adaptation in developing country-specific low-carbon economy, the green economy and sustainable development objectives such as food security and translating adaptation into practical business strategy. A consummate scholar of climate change, he has participated in a wide variety of research projects and has published more than 200 articles in both international peer reviewed journal and magazines. He holds a PhD in Environmental Change & Policy from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
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