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.

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Sessions
June 2, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:35 pm

Speakers

  • H.E. Nancy Tembo (Speaker) Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources of the Republic of Malawi
  • Ulrich Apel (Speaker) Senior Environmental Specialist, Global Environment Facility
  • Jonathan Davies (Speaker) Global Drylands Coordinator / Senior Agriculture Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Barron Joseph Orr (Speaker) Lead Scientist, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • Maria Helena Semedo (Speaker) Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources, FAO
  • Gustavo Fonseca (Speaker) Director of Programs, Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • Mette Løyche Wilkie (Speaker) Director, Forestry Division, FAO
  • Eduardo Mansur (Speaker) Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, FAO
  • Ezekiel Mwakalukwa (Speaker) Chairperson, Committee on Forestry Working Group on Dryland Forests and Agrosilvopastoral Systems
  • Sibongile Winnie Mavimbela (Speaker) Senior Programme Officer, Environment and Climate Change at Southern African Development Community (SADC)
  • Nicole Harari (Speaker) Research Scientist, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern
  • Fritjof Boerstler (Speaker) Technical Advisor (Natural Resources), GEF Coordination Unit, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, FAO
  • Frank Musukwa (Speaker) Chairperson, Zambia National Forest Commodity Association (ZNFCA)

Description

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This session is available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Access language channels here: English, Français, Español, Português.
The GEF-7 Drylands Sustainable Landscapes Impact Program (DSL IP) aims at transforming the management of drylands in 11 countries across three geographical clusters; 1) the Miombo and Mopane ecosystems of Southern Africa, 2) the savanna and grasslands in East and West Africa and, 3) the temperate grasslands, savannas and shrublands of Central Asia. This session will bring partners and stakeholders from different sectors and scales (local, national, regional and global) together to share their respective perspectives on the dryland management challenges in the target regions and to discuss how the DSL IP’s programmatic approach will support them in overcoming these challenges. Read moreWhite Paper 

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Sessions
June 3, 2021
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Speakers

  • Mette Løyche Wilkie (Speaker) Director, Forestry Division, FAO
  • Julian Fox (Speaker) Team Leader, National Forest Monitoring, FAO
  • Fidaa Haddad (Speaker) Forestry Officer / Dryland Program, FAO
  • Barnabas Marwire (Speaker) Natural Resource Management Specialist, FAO – Sub Regional Office for Southern Africa
  • Yelena Finegold (Speaker) Forestry Officer, FAO
  • Karis Tenneson (Speaker) Director of the Environmental Mapping Domain, Spatial Informatics Group
  • Jeff Vincent (Speaker) Professor in Forest Economics and Management, Duke University
  • Barron Joseph Orr (Speaker) Lead Scientist, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • Dominique Louppe (Speaker) Vice-chairperson, CIRAD, Committee on Forestry Working Group on Dryland Forests and Agrosilvopastoral Systems
  • Khalil Walji (Moderator) Capacity development specialist, FAO

Description

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Plenaries, sessions, launchpads and the virtual tour will be available in English and French.
Access language channels here: English, Français.
Technology and innovation for restoration monitoring is rapidly advancing supported by developments in geospatial technology and imagery. If deployed effectively across critical landscapes, these technical solutions for restoration planning and monitoring can drive restoration actions on the ground and contribute significantly to meeting the ambitious targets of the restoration, biodiversity and climate agendas.

This session will spotlight key solutions and highlight ongoing challenges in ecosystem restoration monitoring with a focus on drylands. The session will feature a soft launch of the Framework For Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring (FERM) with a special focus on the integration and implementation of the Drylands Restoration Monitoring Platform (DRIP) developed by FAO in support of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

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