Michael Kleine is a professional forester and holds Masters, Doctoral (Dr. rer.nat. techn.) and Habilitation (Univ. Doz.) degrees from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. Since 1985 he has been working as consultant in international development cooperation for GIZ/Germany, FAO, European Commission and others, in long- and short-term assignments in developing countries, mostly in tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and Africa. His work has revolved around sustainable forest management of natural forests and timber plantations (forest and land use planning; growth and yield modelling; silviculture, forest certification, carbon accounting), forest organization, and forest policy. In 2001 her joint the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) as Coordinator of the Special Programme for Development of Capacities (SPDC) and continued his work in economically-disadvantaged countries through advisory services and capacity development particularly in science-policy interactions, science-practice interactions and forest landscape restoration. Michael is currently the Deputy Executive Director of IUFRO and based at its Headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
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