Banarbas Mawire is multi skilled development practitioner with more than 25 years’ experience in planning, designing, implementing and managing projects in the areas of Forestry and natural resources management, REDD+, sustainable livelihoods and food security and Humanitarian work. He has experience in drafting and implementing community Forestry projects focusing on timber and non-timber forest products and income generating projects for smallholder and resource constrained farmers.
In 1996 he joined the Forestry commission of Zimbabwe, as a District Forest Extension Officer, and worked for the organization up to 2001. For the period 2002 to 2017 he worked for Environment Africa (regional NGO), starting as a National community program coordinator and eventually rose through the ranks to be the organization’s Country director for Zimbabwe. From 2017 to 2019, he worked WWF Zimbabwe as a Sustainable Forest management Specialist, on a GEF 5 and World Bank supported project, promoting a landscape approach in scaling up sustainable forest and land management in the Miombo eco-region. In 2020, Banarbas joined FAO as a Sustainable Natural resources Management specialist.
Banarbas holds a MA in Development Management from Ruhr University in Germany; a post-graduate diploma in Projects Planning and managements from the University of Zimbabwe; BSc in Geography and Environmental Studies from the Zimbabwe Open University; and a diploma in Forestry from Cyprus Forestry College.
Biofuels and economic Welfare, A cost benefit analysis of Jatropha Schemes in Zimbabwe (2008) Institute of development studies, Ruhr University Bochum.
He also contributed to a chapter in an academic journal:
Jatropha Myths and Truths: A preferred bio-diesel feedstock in the Miombo Woodlands, Journal of Agricultural Science vol. 1(4), pp. 67-88. July 2013 Special edition. ISSN: 2315-9162, ©2013 Wyno Academic Journals.