Dr. Paola Agostini is a Lead Natural Resources Specialist in the World Bank’s Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, in the Europe Caucasus and Central Asia Region. Previously she was the World Bank 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. Her focus is on the interface between agriculture and natural resources management, with a strong attention to partnerships for Landscape Restoration. Paola Agostini also 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, covering program such as the Sahel and West Africa Program in support of the Great Green Wall. Previously, Paola Agostini was 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.
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