Stewart Maginnis

Global Director
Nature-based Solutions Group, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Expertise: forest landscape restoration, nature-based solutions, community-based natural resource management, tropical forest conservation and management, ecosystem management and rural livelihoods.

Stewart Maginnis is the Global Director of IUCN’s Nature-based Solutions Group and the Director of IUCN’s Global Forest and Climate Change Programme, with overall responsibility for IUCN’s work on Ecosystem Management, Forests, Water, Marine & Polar, Gender, Social Policy, Economics, and Business & Biodiversity. He is also the Secretariat focal point for the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP).

Stewart has 30 years of broad experience in the area of natural resource management, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, including 15 years full-time field work in Tanzania, Sudan, Ghana and Costa Rica. More recently he has worked extensively in national and international natural resource and climate change policy arenas and is a recognized leader in the conceptual development and promotion of forest landscape restoration (FLR), an approach which has now been adopted by many national and international policies and initiatives, including the Bonn Challenge to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030. He has also taken in a leadership role in defining and promoting the concept of nature-based solutions and he and his team are currently working on the development of practical guidance and standards for NBS approaches that can be operationalized at scale.

An agriculturalist by training, he also holds a M.Sc. in Forestry and Land Use from the University of Oxford and has been a study fellow at the University of Manchester. He has a keen interest in the linkages between natural resource management and livelihood security of the rural poor, the practical application of ecosystem or landscapes approaches, and the role of civil society and local communities in natural resource governance and accountability arrangements.