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Director - Global Forest & Climate Change Programme
Global Director - Nature-based Solutions Group

Gland, Switzerland

Stewart Maginnis is the Head of the IUCN Forest Conservation Programme. He joined IUCN in December 2001 after working with the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) for three years as deputy director of the International Forest Programme.

He has twenty two years of forest conservation and management experience, thirteen of which have been field-based in Tanzania, Sudan, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United Kingdom. During that period he worked with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), a development NGO and the private sector. His area of expertise includes:
• rural poverty reduction and forests
• forest law enforcement and governance
• forest rights and tenure;
• forest landscape restoration
• the role of forest management in biodiversity conservation;

An agriculturalist by training, he also holds a M.Sc. in Forestry and Land Use from the University of Oxford and has been a study fellow at the University of Manchester. He has a keen interest in the linkage between forest conservation and livelihood security of the rural poor, the practical application of ecosystem or landscapes approaches in forest management and on the role of civil society in local and national forest governance arrangements.