Richard Kaguamba is a Programme Manager for Forestry at UNEP. He is responsible for overseeing the implementation of a forestry programme for the Mau in Kenya. He is also a member of the UN-REDD programme that is helping several countries in Africa, Asia and Central America to respond and participate in the global process of reducing deforestation and forest degradation.
Richard has over 20 years of technical experience in forestry, environment and natural resources management. Before joining UNEP he worked for more than 11 years with the World Bank, as a senior specialist in Eastern and Southern Africa as well as in Washington DC, USA. He was a Senior Manager for many forestry and environmental programmes in Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Ethiopia) and South East Asia (Indonesia, The Philippines and Mongolia).
His specific experience is in institutional and policy development in areas of forestry, water resources conservation, carbon finance and Climate Change, for both the public and private sectors.
He holds a PhD in Forestry (1989) with a specialization in forest resource assessments as well as in the use of Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing technologies.