RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests has empowered local people to find solutions for threatened forest landscapes and vulnerable communities. David Ganz has over 20 years of experience in natural resource management including several years working in Asia on large-scale natural resource management and biomass energy projects. David is the current Executive Director of the only international not-for-profit organization that specializes in capacity development for community forestry and devolved forest management. For more than three decades, RECOFTC has empowered local people to find solutions for threatened forest landscapes and vulnerable communities. The organization has helped communities stop deforestation and prevent environmental catastrophes and strengthened their capacities to find alternative livelihoods within forest landscapes. RECOFTC engages in strategic networks and effective partnerships with governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society, the private sector, local communities, as well as with research and educational institutes throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
Before joining RECOFTC, David served as the Chief of Party on SERVIR-Mekong, a joint initiative between USAID and NASA aimed at developing geospatial data to respond to the environmental and disaster needs of the region. Prior to SERVIR-Mekong, David was Chief of Party on USAID’s Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (USAID LEAF) programme. From 1999 to 2002, David worked as an Assistant Project Officer at RECOFTC headquarters. He is a graduate of two distinguished community forestry institutions, University of California at Berkeley and Yale University, which promote multi-disciplinary decision-making through strong communication and team work skills. He has successfully taken these skills into project management of international organizations including TNC, FAO, IUCN and WWF in China and Southeast Asia.
05 Jun 2018
Read session notes here. Session Description Southeast Asia’s forests contain some of the world’s richest and most valuable resources and habitats; they provide goods such as timber, food and fuel and ecological functions such as nutrient cycling, carbon storage and…Read More