Paola Agostini is the Global Lead for Forests, Landscapes and Ecosystems at the World Bank and the team leader for Burundi Landscape Restoration Program. In the last 20 years and in different positions at the World Bank she has been working on analytical work and projects at the interface of Environment and Agriculture and at the synergies between public and private sectors in both Africa and Latin America. Her particular focus is on Productive Landscapes (Cocoa, Coffee, Palm oil, Beef, Shea) , Sustainable Land Management, Protected Areas, Forests, Payment of Ecosystem Services, Natural Based Infrastructure, Agroturism and Territorial Development. Previously she was the coordinator for TerrAfrica, a partnership for Sustainable Land and Water Management in Africa, the World Bank GEF coordinator for Africa and Latin America, and the Task Team Leader for the Great Green Wall Program, the Liberia Forests Program, the South Africa iSimangaliso Project and CAPE project, the Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Colombia Silvopastoral Project, the Nicaragua Forestry Project, the Colombia Orinoquia Project and more. She was also based in FAO Rome for more than 8 years, where she was the World Bank focal point for the Rome UN based organizations. She lived in Mozambique, Mali and Haiti. She holds a PhD in Economics from University of California-San Diego and a Master of Art in Economics and Social Sciences from Universita Bocconi, Milano.
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