How can we promote management strategies sensitive to both ecological and social needs?

Ibrahim Thiaw, Director of the UNEP Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) answers this question.

As the Director of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI), Ibrahim Thiaw is responsible for conceptualizing and managing UNEP's activities in two of its core thematic areas of focus — ecosystem management and services and conflicts and disasters. He also manages the adaptation component of UNEP's climate change sub-theme.

The Division spear-heads the ecosystem management sub-programme - an approach to natural resources management that focuses on sustaining ecosystems to meet both ecological and human needs as well as promoting a shared vision of a desired future by integrating social, economic and environmental perspectives. This vision has been fostered the best in the area of marine and coastal ecosystems. Here, key areas of work include environmental aspects of fisheries, integrated management of marine protected areas, marine biodiversity and ecosystems, and impacts of climate change on the marine environment.

Before joining UNEP in 2007, Ibrahim Thiaw worked as the IUCN Regional Director for West Africa and later as the Acting Director-General of IUCN. With more than 24 years of experience in the field of natural resource management at the national, regional and international levels, Ibrahim Thiaw's particular contribution has been in the successful development and implementation of large scale environmental programmes and projects.

Ibrahim Thiaw started his career with the Ministry of Rural Development of Mauritania and holds an advanced degree in Forestry and Forest product techniques.

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