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New Head of UN-REDD Secretariat

Mr. Mario Boccucci is appointed the new Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.

The selection process for the Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat has been completed and the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Mr. Achim Steiner, has appointed Mr. Mario Boccucci for this position.

Mr. Mario Boccucci, Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat

As the newly appointed Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat, Mario Boccucci brings with him 20 years of experience with international organizations on operational and policy work focused on sustainable management of terrestrial ecosystems, forest management, governance of natural resources, biodiversity, land uses and climate change mitigation and adaptation.  Prior to joining the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat in Geneva in January 2013, Mario was  Chief of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit with UNEP, stationed in Nairobi, where he was responsible for the development and operationalization of strategies for forests, agriculture, drylands, mountains, and REDD. Prior to joining UNEP in 2008, Mario worked with the World Bank as Senior Climate Change and Forests Specialist, and previously with the European Commission working on natural resources management and rural development.

Mario’s experience spans across the wide spectrum of REDD+ issues, in the field, in country offices, and at headquarters. His first job was with FAO in Belize on monitoring and assessment of land cover, followed by remote sensing work on land suitability in Morocco. Mario then joined the European Commission covering the South Pacific, based in Fiji, where he developed and supervised wide-scale programs for agricultural development, participatory land use management and stakeholder engagement. Whilst with the World Bank, Mr. Boccucci was based in Indonesia and in Washington DC where, among other things, he supported the development of the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) and REDD+ processes, as well as forest investment strategies. During his four years in Nairobi, Mario spearheaded UNEP’s work on REDD and efforts to connect the land and sustainable development agendas.

The UN-REDD Programme would also like to take this opportunity to recognize the excellent work done by Ms. Mette Loyche Wilkie in the past six months as the Interim Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat. The Programme congratulates her for her very effective leadership of the Secretariat and to thank her and FAO for taking up this demanding additional task at a very busy time. Mr. Boccucci took up his new post as of 21 January 2013.





In this issue


Donor Support Increases for UN-REDD

UN-REDD at COP18 and Forest Day 6

REDD+ Progress in Bhutan and Cambodia

New Head of UN-REDD Secretariat

UN-REDD Advances Work on Safeguards and Multiple Benefits of REDD+

Forest Experts Collaborate to Develop New Forest Governance Guide

Features & Commentary

REDD+ in Indonesia – Is Indonesia Ready?
By: Rogier Klaver

More Countries Engage with IPCC's Emission Factor Database
By: Matieu Henry

Reports & Analysis

New UN-REDD Publications

DRC Finalizes Series of Studies on Drivers of Deforestation

Three New Go-REDD+ Issues from UN-REDD in Asia-Pacific

Looking ahead

Scoping mission to Colombia
21-24 January, 2013: Bogotá, Colombia

Republic of the Congo Inception Workshop
22-25 January, 2013: Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo

Regional Forum and Workshop on Anti-Corruption and Free, Prior and Informed Consent for REDD+
29 January-2 February, 2013: Lima, Peru

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