Yurdi Yasmi

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From 1st October 2010 Yurdi Yasmi assumes a new task as a Manager for Capacity Building and Technical Services Unit, the largest Unit, at RECOFTC (The Center for People and Forests) in Bangkok . His main responsibility is to ensure RECOFTC's work on capacity building and research are delivered effectively. Prior to that, he was working as a Senior Program Officer at RECOFTC for 3 years. He received a PhD and MSc from the Forests and Nature Conservation Policy Department of Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

From 1st October 2010 Yurdi Yasmi assumes a new task as a Manager for Capacity Building and Technical Services Unit, the largest Unit, at RECOFTC (The Center for People and Forests) in Bangkok . His main responsibility is to ensure RECOFTC's work on capacity building and research are delivered effectively. Prior to that, he was working as a Senior Program Officer at RECOFTC for 3 years. He received a PhD and MSc from the Forests and Nature Conservation Policy Department of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. With more than 12 years of international experience in natural resource management (NRM), he has worked for a number of leading organizations such as CIFOR (The Center for International Forestry Research) in Indonesia, Wageningen University, the Netherlands and RECOFTC (The Center for People and Forests) in Bangkok, Thailand. His professional interest and expertise include a wide range of natural resource systems such as forests, biodiversity, land and agro-forestry. To a lesser degree, he has also dealt with watershed management and fishery. Recently, he engages in climate change mitigation and adaptation activities at national, regional and global levels.

Early in 2010, he was selected by the World Bank as one of the eight high level members of the Expert Panel for a newly launched Forest Investment Program (FIP), a global program to enhance REDD+ in developing countries. He is serving as a member of Global Expert Panel in two ongoing IUFRO's global initiatives: International Forest Regime; and World Forest, Society and Environment (WFSE). Both initiatives are part of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) of which IUFRO is a member. Additionally, he is an expert member of ITTO (International Tropical Timber Organization) for sustainable forest management in the tropics. He has engaged in and initiated partnerships with international organizations (e.g. TNC, CIFOR, FAO, SNV, SDC, ITTO), national governments in Asia, inter-governmental organizations (e.g. ASEAN) and NGOs. He travels extensively for his work.

His main expertise include sustainable development, natural resource policy and governance, rural development, poverty reduction, conflict management, decentralization, adaptive management, institutions and climate change mitigation and adaptation. His geographical coverage of research and development work is mainly Asia-Pacific region with some exposure to countries in Africa (e.g. Zimbabwe, Cameroon) and Latin America (e.g. Bolivia). Countries of experience (current/previous engagement) include e.g. Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao-PDR, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Bhutan, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, PNG, Zimbabwe, Cameroon and Bolivia.

He has published more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, books, policy briefs, reports, proceedings, CD-ROM, newspaper, etc.

Contact: yurdi2002@yahoo.com; yurdi@recoftc.org