Different keynote speakers addressed the conference theme from their experience and reflect on Ecosystem Services for the Future: Delivering value for Nature, Livelihoods and Economic Investment.
Below an overview is given of the keynote speakers.
Wednesday 8 June
10:00 - 11:00
- Beatrice Cyiza - Ministry of Environment in Rwanda
- Peter Katanisa - World Bank
Thursday 9 June
09:00 - 10:00
- Dr. Aida Cuni-Sanchez - Norwegian University of Life Sciences and honorary fellow at the University of York, UK
- Prof. Tuyeni Heita Mwampamba - National Autonomous University of Mexico
Friday 10 June
09:00 - 10:00
- Beth Kaplin - Director Center of Excellence in Biodiversity & Natl Res Management (CoEB), Univ of Rwanda
Ecosystem-based Adaptation experience in Rwanda
- Charles Karangwa - International Union for Conservation of Nature, Africa Region
Enhancing Ecosystem functionality through payment for Ecosystem Services
Mr. Peter Katanisa is the Africa Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) Community of Practice Coordinator and National Programme Coordinator for the Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) World Bank WAVES/NCA programme and now the Global Program for Sustainability (GPS) in Rwanda since November 2018. Also Mr. Katanisa is also a member of the Advisory Panel for Capitals Coalition since 2020. For the past five years he has been advising in all initiatives in Rwanda’s Environment and Natural Resources Sector for smooth Implementation of the Rwanda Environment, Natural Resources and Climate change Policies, Strategies and Programmes as the Advisor for the Minister of Environment of Rwanda.
Mr. Katanisa has served in different leadership roles and on many government programmes committees related to Environment, Natural Resource management and Climate Change in Rwanda. Mr. Katanisa is a passionate farmer and he holds dear the principles of sustainable and green farming.
Dr. Aida Cuni-Sanchez - is an Assistant Professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and an honorary fellow at the University of York. She has a PhD in environmental Sciences from the University of Southampton (UK) and a Licenciatura in Biology from the University of Barcelona (Spain). She has over 10 years of work experience in 12 countries in tropical Africa, where she has focused on tropical forest ecology and carbon stocks, forest use and valuation by local communities and local communities’ adaptation to climate change. She received the 2020 L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science UK Award for Sustainable Development and the Chr. Michelsen price for outstanding development research (Norway) in March 2022. As well as developing the AfriMont plot network, she is a key partner in research collaborations in Africa including AfriTRON (tropical lowland forest monitoring), Mountain Research Initiative, Mountain Sentinels and ATBC-Africa Chapter.
Prof. Tuyeni Heita Mwampamba - is a native Tanzanian who was trained as an ecologist at the University of California Davis. She is based at the Institute of Ecosystems and Sustainability Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico where she leads work on the social and ecological dimensions of community management of natural resources. Her research seeks to understand tropical forest systems outside of reserves and how forest managers (including local communities) understand and navigate the concept of “sustainability”. Over the past 20 years, Prof. Her work has applied the ecosystem services concept and existing frameworks to understand charcoal production systems in the Global South and her research explores issues of sustainability along charcoal value chains and the charcoal narratives in energy and environmental policies. More recently, her interest has expanded to explore how to expand the research space for the broader inclusion of stakeholders and other knowledge systems. She is a Coordinating Lead Author in the recently completed IPBES Values Assessment and is currently undertaking a sabbatical year in the Department of Ecosystems and Conservation at the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, Tanzania.
Prof Beth Kaplin - is a biodiversity conservation scientist currently serving as the first Director of the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity & Natural Resource Management at University of Rwanda (UR) since 2016. This is a relatively new knowledge management research center aimed at contributing science to policy. She has raised over 2 million USD in funds for grants and projects in Center with her colleagues. She is a Professor of Conservation Science at University of Rwanda (UR), and teaches and mentors BSc, MSc and PhD students at UR and several other academic institutions. In 2022 she also serves as the elected President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), a scholarly society. Prof Kaplin is a Research Professor in the School for the Environment and Senior Fellow at the Center of Global Governance and Sustainability, both at University of Massachusetts-Boston, USA. She received her BSc in wildlife biology from Colorado State University, and MSc and PhD in Zoology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. From 2006 to 2015, she raised over 1 million USD from the MacArthur Foundation to develop BSc and MSc programs in biodiversity conservation at National University of Rwanda (now University of Rwanda). She also created the Regional Network for Conservation Educators in the Albertine Rift to support and empower conservation scientists in Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Tanzania, and Uganda also with MacArthur Foundation funding. Kaplin maintains a research program with her students on forest ecology, seed dispersal, primates, protected areas conservation, ecosystem services, climate adaptation, and human-wildlife interactions that began in 1990 when she first came to do research in Nyungwe forest, Rwanda. Her current projects include buffer zones, biodiversity indicators, primate ecology and conservation, climate smart agriculture and biodiversity, and climate change adaptation. She is very interested in evaluating and monitoring effectiveness of ecosystem-based adaptation and landscape restoration initiatives. Kaplin has focused her career on building capacity for biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation research and natural resource management in Africa.
Charles Karangwa - is a Regional Head of Land Systems, Covering Forests, Drylands and Sustainable Agriculture at The International Union for Conservation of Nature, Africa Region, and serves as Country Representative for Rwanda since January 2016. Charles has led IUCN Work on Land restoration in Africa as part of the Bonn Challenge and AFR100, he engaged both Governments and Non-States actors to bring Africa’s commitments to land restoration up to speed since 2016. He recently joined the COP26 High-Level Champion team as the lead for land restoration in Africa and works to engage private sector and other Non-State Actors for an ambitious climate action to Race to Zero and Race to Resilience by 2050.
With more than 18 years of Experience in the interface between sustainable development, conservation and sustainable finance in Africa and South East Asia, he focused his work on Climate Change, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity conservation, nature-based solutions, ecosystem restoration, and sustainable finance. Prior to joining IUCN, he worked for UNHCR, Oxfam, Care International, and Wildlife Conservation Society.
Charles holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from African Leadership University School of Business (ALUSB) with focus on conservation finance, an MSc. in Poverty Reduction, Policy and Practice with a Focus on Environmental Policies from the University of London (SOAS), a Bachelor of Development Studies with focus on rural economics.
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