Dr. Paola Agostini is a Lead Environmental Economist in the World Bank’s Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice. She is currently the Global Lead for Forests, Landscapes and Ecosystems, looking at projects and programs that try to improve connectivity of Protected Areas, forests, agroforestry, Rangeland and agriculture land for the increase of productivity, communities resilience and production of ecosystem services.
Previously, Agostini coordinated TerrAfrica, a regional partnership program in over 26 Sub-Saharan countries that promotes Sustainable Land and Water Management to help reduce poverty, improve livelihoods, and encourage resilient landscapes development. She also coordinated the multisectorial REDD+ Program in Africa (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) supported by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, the Forest Investment Program and the BioCarbon Fund. REDD+ fosters conservation, sustainable management of forests, and community forestry by looking at the drivers of deforestation and working with public and private sector for a deforestation-free development. Paola Agostini is the coordinator for the GEF Program in Latin America and Africa, overseeing a portfolio of over 100 projects dealing with Climate Change, Biodiversity, Land Degradation, Chemicals and International Waters.