Barnabas Marwire

Natural Resource Management Specialist, FAO – Sub Regional Office for Southern Africa

Banarbas Mawire is multi skilled development practitioner with more than 25 years’ experience in planning, designing, implementing and managing projects in the areas of Forestry and natural resources management, REDD+, sustainable livelihoods and food security and Humanitarian work. He has experience in drafting and implementing community Forestry projects focusing on timber and non-timber forest products and income generating projects for smallholder and resource constrained farmers. In 1996 he joined the Forestry commission of Zimbabwe, as a District Forest Extension Officer, and worked for the organization up to 2001. For the period 2002 to 2017 he worked for Environment Africa (regional NGO), starting as a National community program coordinator and eventually rose through the ranks to be the organization’s Country director for Zimbabwe. From 2017 to 2019, he worked WWF Zimbabwe as a Sustainable Forest management Specialist, on a GEF 5 and World Bank supported project, promoting a landscape approach in scaling up sustainable forest and land management in the Miombo eco-region. In 2020, Banarbas joined FAO as a Sustainable Natural resources Management specialist. Banarbas holds a MA in Development Management from Ruhr University in Germany; a post-graduate diploma in Projects Planning and managements from the University of Zimbabwe; BSc in Geography and Environmental Studies from the Zimbabwe Open University; and a diploma in Forestry from Cyprus Forestry College. Publication: Biofuels and economic Welfare, A cost benefit analysis of Jatropha Schemes in Zimbabwe (2008) Institute of development studies, Ruhr University Bochum. He also contributed to a chapter in an academic journal: Jatropha Myths and Truths: A preferred bio-diesel feedstock in the Miombo Woodlands, Journal of Agricultural Science vol. 1(4), pp. 67-88. July 2013 Special edition. ISSN: 2315-9162, ©2013 Wyno Academic Journals.

Barnabas is speaking at

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


  • 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


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Plenaries, sessions, launchpads and the virtual tour will be available in English and French.
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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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