Barron Joseph Orr

Lead Scientist
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Dr. Barron Joseph Orr is the Lead Scientist for the UNCCD. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona (USA) where he also served as a NASA Geospatial Extension Specialist. In 2014, he was named Marie Curie Fellow, and he was selected as an independent scientist for the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI). After a career collaborating with local communities, he is now engaged in global environmental monitoring, including SDG 15 “Life on Land”. Professor Orr is also co-lead author of the Scientific Conceptual Framework on Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN), which was formally endorsed by the 196 country parties to the UNCCD in 2017.