The Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism

The Group

The Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism combines experience, motivation and competence in its group. The representatives of the group are international experts dedicated to the restoration of forests.

Forestry Officer

Christophe Besacier is a Forestry Officer and currently coordinating the Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism (FLRM) at FAO, where he is providing technical assistance and implementing restoration projects in more than 20 countries. He mobilized resources to scale-up restoration reaching a 40 million USD portfolio with multiple key financial partners. He is involved in major international restoration initiatives such as the Bonn Challenge, the GPFLR and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. From 2009 to 2014 he was in charge of Silva Mediterranea. From 2000 to 2009, he worked as regional advisor for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Sahel and the Congo Basin regions.

Senior Forestry Officer

Song Hee Nam is a Senior Forestry Officer in FAO Headquarters. He holds a PhD of Agriculture in Tree Improvement on Faster Growing Species in Tropical Regions from Kwang Won University and M.A. in National Security from the National Defense College. He has served more than 21 years as a government official in the Korea Forest Service. Among other achievements, he was the project manager of Seed Sources and Nursery Technology Development Project in Indonesia for rehabilitation in degraded land. He has diverse expertise in making forestry policies and implementing practices in: timber industry; national forest management; and urban forest and landscape preservation.

 

Forestry Officer

Faustine Zoveda is an Agronomist with a MSc in Ecology. As a forestry officer within FAO’s FLRM team, she provides technical assistance for the implementation of restoration, natural resources management and sustainable agriculture, including in Burkina-Faso, Guinea, Malawi, the Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome e Principe, and Uganda. At global level, she supports resource mobilization through bilateral and multilateral partners, partnerships and knowledge development especially in the context of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. She joined FAO in 2013, focusing on sustainable agriculture. Prior to that, Faustine has worked in the consulting business.

Consultant

Blaise Bodin’s work focuses on the economics of ecosystem restoration and mainstreaming biodiversity in restoration interventions. He shares his time between the Forest Landscape Restoration Mechanism team at FAO and the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative implemented by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, seeking to improve institutional coordination. Prior to this, he worked for several years at UNEP-WCMC on multiple benefits, spatial planning and safeguards for REDD+ in Central Africa and other regions. He graduated with Masters degrees in Public International Law and Environmental Management. 

Consultant

Nelly Bourlion has been working in International Project Management for nine years. She worked as a Biodiversity and Forest Ecosystem Program Officer at Plan Bleu, a regional activity center of UNEP/MAP where she managed numerous projects in the Mediterranean, some in collaboration with FAO such as the publication of the second edition of the State of Mediterranean Forest 2018. She worked for the GEF performance evaluation team in Washington DC. She also has work experience around the world in Agricultural Economics. Nelly holds an Engineering degree in Agronomy and a MSc. in Economics.

Consultant

Benjamin De Ridder is a natural resources management expert from Belgium with a Masters Degree in advanced studies of marine and lacustrine sciences. He supports the implementation of projects at country level and contributes to the dissemination of best practices at global TRI. He joined FAO in 2012 at the Regional Office for Africa contributing to the mainstreaming of climate change issues into development programmes and supported projects linked to National Adaptation Planning and uptake of a Climate Smart Agricultural Approach. Before FAO, he worked in South Africa, Maldives and Madagascar focusing on sustainable natural resource management and nature conservation.

Consultant

Carolina Gallo Granizo is a Spanish national. She holds a degree in Forest Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid, Spain. She conducted research on watershed management at the Austral University of Chile and Technical University of Madrid. Carolina has field experience in Togo where she contributed to the design and establishment of an experimental plantation with native species. From 2013 to 2015 she worked for FAO Silva Mediterranea on the regional project funded by FFEM. Since then, Carolina has been working with the FLRM on Mediterranean related issues and on the development of the Knowledge Platform that will provide access to relevant resources related to FLR.

Consultant

Lucy Garrett is an expert in ecosystem services valuation, innovative financing mechanisms and the use of incentives. She joined FAO in 2015 as a specialist in developing incentive packages to support sustainable agriculture and conservation. She has extensive experience in field project design and management, conducting research on PES implementation, ecosystem valuation, the role of cultural values on forest conservation, and advising on the sustainability of wildlife trade for CITES. She holds a PhD in International Development and Conservation, focusing on the impact of incentives on forest management and livelihoods in Indonesia and Brazil, and a MSc in Environmental Technology.

Consultant

Mathilde Iweins is currently in charge of the Asia Pacific portfolio of the FLRM, developing and implementing projects in the region. She joined the Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism group in 2015 as an expert on ecosystem services, full cost accounting and local finance. She is a French agronomist with over 15 years of professional experience in natural resources management linked to sustainable agriculture and forestry, poverty alleviation and food security. She worked for NGOs, bi and multilateral agencies, coordinating the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of field projects linking sustainable natural resources management and long term rural development.

Consultant

Caterina Marchetta is a communication specialist who has been working in FAO in the Forestry division since 2009. Currently, she is working with the Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism group while previously she worked for Silva Mediterranea and the Mountain Partnership. Before FAO, she acquired relevant international experience working for the African Medical and Research Foundation NGO and the Mexican Embassy. She holds a Master's degree in International Development and a Master's degree in Marketing and Communications. At the moment, she is enrolled on a Social Media Strategy program at MIT and Sloan University.

Consultant

Marco Pagliani is an agronomist with a long track record of work on environment and sustainable development, and joined the FLRM team in 2018 with the role of Chief Technical Advisor of the TRI project in Sao Tomé and Príncipe, Central Africa. Marco is based in Madrid, Spain, and worked for over 20 years at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) developing and managing projects in Europe, Middle East, Asia, and the Mediterranean Basin. Since 2008 he works as an independent consultant for several international agencies on biodiversity conservation, natural resources management, climate change adaptation and forest and landscape restoration.

Consultant

Andrea Romero is a forest engineer from Colombia. She is currently developing her master in Forest and Nature Conservation at Wageningen University. She joined FAO as an intern of the Task Force on Best Practices of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. She is currently focusing on the research of literature and resources related to Ecosystem Restoration to capitalize and disseminate the existing knowledge around the best restoration practices and identify new knowledge products to be developed. Prior to that, she worked at the Botanical Garden of Bogotá, providing assistance to silvicultural activities and public procurement processes.

Intern

Lison Calvet is from Southern France and is currently living in Geneva, Switzerland, where she is completing a Master’s degree in Specialised Translation. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish. She has worked as a translation intern for the European Commission and for the United Nations Office at Geneva and one of her professional goals was to join an international organisation like FAO, especially, as she has a special interest in the field of forest and landscape management. Within the FLRM team Lison will assist in the translation of documents from English to French, including TRI, IKI, FFEM and FLRM e-learning modules while home-based in Switzerland.

Intern

Sara D’Andrea is an Italian national. She is currently attending the PhD program in Economics at University of Rome La Sapienza, where she also graduated with honours. Her area of research relates to economic growth, macroeconomics, R&D policy and innovation. She took part in the Erasmus program in Grenoble in 2016. She speaks fluent Italian, English and French and has a good knowledge of Spanish. Sara has joined the FLRM team as an Intern and will be collaborating on the database for costs and benefits of ecosystem restoration under The Economics of Ecosystem Restoration (TEER) initiative.

Intern

Philyoung Jeong has worked as Korea Forest Service (KFS) intern for the XV World Forestry Congress Secretariat, as part of the Promotion team. He is currently completing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Forest Resources at Chungnam National University, and will begin a Master’s in Urban Forest and Planning next year. He looks forward to gaining insightful experience on forest and landscape restoration by working with the FLRM. Within the FLRM team Philyoung will assist in the preparation of Unasylva in Korean and documents for the Korea Forest Service, as well as support submissions to the World Forestry Congress, including the organization of FLR side events while home-based in the Republic of Korea.

Intern

Giorgio Millesimi is an Italian national. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature from the John Cabot University in Rome and has just completed a Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is passionate about the environment, interested in learning foreign languages and believes in the potential of literature to bring about positive change in the world. He speaks fluent Italian, English and Spanish. Giorgio has joined the FLRM team as an intern and will contribute to the implementation of FLRM Knowledge activities.