About FAO Forestry
FAO Forestry helps nations manage their forests in a sustainable way. The Organization's approach balances social, economic and environmental objectives so that present generations can reap the benefits of the earth's forest resources while conserving them to meet the needs of future generations.
©FAOA former Director-General of the Rural Development Department of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, with special responsibility for the promotion of food security and nutrition in Africa, Mr Hiroto Mitsugi, a national of Japan, joined FAO in June 2017 as Assistant Director-General of FAO Forestry.
Mr Mitsugi has an academic background in forestry, including a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture (Forestry and Forest Products) from Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, and a Master of Science degree in Forestry Extension from the University of Reading, UK. In 1987 he began his professional career in the Forestry Development Division of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
At the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in 2010, Mr Mitsugi was a donor-coordinator of mainstreaming biodiversity in development, and from 2010 to 2011 was a member of the reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) consortium of Japan. Mr Mitsugi's last position before joining FAO was a Director-General of the Rural Development Department, JICA.