Experts' profiles - Ravi Prabhu
Ravi Prabhu
Ravi Prabhu currently a Senior Programme Officer on Forests and Climate Change with the UNEP in Nairobi. He leads the UNEP team within the UN-REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) Programme. The UN-REDD Programme is based on a partnership between FAO, UNDP and UNEP and, currently, nine partner countries in three continents.

Prior to his present engagement Ravi coordinated the Regional Plan for Collective Action in eastern and southern Africa, a joint initiative of the 15 international agricultural research centers of the Collaborative Group for International Agricultural Research. Within the framework of Regional Plan he helped to initiate and lead four Flagship Programs on integrated natural resources management, markets and institutions, agricultural biodiversity and dealing with complex emergencies. He has also worked in various capacities at the Center for International Forestry Research.

Ravi has engaged in multi-disciplinary research and action in forested landscapes for almost 20 years whereby his major areas of focus have been on adaptive collaborative management of forests, criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management, community based forest management, improving rural livelihoods and increasingly forests and climate change.

He has served on numerous international initiatives and committees, including, prominently, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment where he served on the review and editorial team as a chapter review editor, and the U.N. Millennium Projects Taskforce 6 on Environmental Sustainability. He received the Queens Award for Forestry at Buckingham Palace in 2005.

Ravi received his professional degree and doctorate from the University of Goettingen in Germany and holds a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Delhi, India.
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