René Castro-Salazar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Costa Rica, a Master of Public Administration degree and Doctor of Design degree both awarded by Harvard University. Mr Castro-Salazar held ministerial positions in Costa Rica as Minister of National Resources, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Environment, Energy between 1994 and 2014. He is currently Assistant Director-General for FAO, Forestry Department.


Albina Chuwa is the Director General of National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania. She has a PhD in Population Statistics, MA in Population Studies and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics. She is a part time Lecturer at the Regional Eastern Statistical Training Center based in Tanzania, a Member of Steering Committee of Global Strategy for Improvement of Agriculture and Rural Statistics based in FAO and champion of Open Data Movement in Africa. 


Anssi Pekkarinen is a Senior Forestry Officer in FAO Forestry Department. He has a DSc in Forestry and 20 years of experience in forest inventories and remote sensing. He has worked as a research scientist in the Finnish Forest Research Institute and the Joint Research Center of the European Commission. In FAO, he led the Forest Monitoring and Assessment team that supports the member countries in developing their National Forest Monitoring Systems including socioeconomic monitoring before his recent appointment as the head of the FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment. He is a founding member of FAO's Open Foris Initiative and he steered the preparation of the sourcebook on National socioeconomic surveys in forestry.


Mohammad Shamsul Azam is a Conservator of Forests in the Bangladesh Forest Department. He got his Masters both in Forestry and Soil Science. He has been serving in the Forest Department for 28 years. During his career he served in mangrove forest, hill forest, social forest and protected area and wildlife concerned matters. Now he is serving as a Regional Administrator of  3 hill districts which comprises the evergreen and semi-evergreen forests which are rich in biodiversity.


Gero Carletto is the Manager of the Center for Development Data (C4D2) and the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) in the Development Data Group at the World Bank. He has previously worked for various UN agencies and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He steered the preparation of the sourcebook on National socioeconomic surveys in forestry.


Sven Wunder is a Principal Economist in CIFOR, where he has been since 2000. He worked previously for IUCN, the Centre for Development Research in Denmark, and Danida. He has a PhD in Economics and a DSc in Forestry and has been listed in Thomsen-Reuters’ “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He steered the preparation of the sourcebook on National socioeconomic surveys in forestry.


Thaís Linhares-Juvenal is an economist by training with MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation. She has extensive experience in forest economics, local development and climate change. Thaís joined FAO in 2011 as senior officer of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat after having served the Brazilian National Development Bank and the Brazilian government, including as Director of Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment (2010-11) and the Director of the Brazilian Forest Service (2008-10). Thaís is the Team Leader of Forest Governance and Economics in the FAO Forestry Department and supervised the preparation of the sourcebook on National socioeconomic surveys in forestry.


Riyong Kim Bakkegaard has extensive experience in forestry, natural resource management, climate change and sustainable development in Asia, Africa and South America. She has been working as the main consultant for preparing the sourcebook on National socioeconomic surveys in Forestry. She has worked with the IUCN on valuation of forest functions in Eastern Europe, and completed her PhD in payment for environmental service schemes and REDD+ in Brazil. She has contributed to high-level publications such as the UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2015 chapter on REDD+.


Illias Animon is a Forestry Officer in the FAO Forestry Department, Rome since 2010. He holds BSc and MSc degrees in Forestry and PhD in Economics. Formerly, he was a Senior Lecturer in Kerala Agricultural University, India and Technical Officer and Senior Research fellow in two European Union funded projects in India. He has over 28 years of acquaintance with natural resources management in several countries. He coordinated the preparation of the sourcebook on National socioeconomic surveys in forestry.

For more information, please visit http://www.fao.org/forestry/socioeconomic-benefits-forests/en/ or contact Illias Animon ([email protected]) or Thais Linhares-Juvenal ([email protected]).

last updated:  Wednesday, October 26, 2016