Dr. Richard MUNANG is a man I so admire. Listening to him speak and reading his book/tweets always propel me to push forward in life. I remember the first time I met him in person it was during an event by One2Ten Development Initiative . He was the one who even invited me for the event, I was really marveled. His countenance, His passion for African Youth is contagious!
His story is one that will encourage you to keep pushing even when your desired change comes. He’s one of my mentors. He is the United Nations Environment Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator. He is responsible for guiding the optimal actualization of UN Environment’s climate resilient development objectives for Africa through coordinating implementation of diverse projects in adaptation and mitigation in key economic sectors especially Agriculture, and Energy as well as Information Strategy and Policy Development from project lessons.
He is also the UNEP Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EbA) for Food Security Focal Person currently coordinating and guiding the roll-out of the UNEP-Africa Ecosystems Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly in over 40 countries. Previously he was the Policy & Programme Coordinator for the UNEP/UNDP Africa Climate Change Adaptation Development programme.
EBAFOSA is also supporting country governments to domesticate SDGs, the Paris COP21 agreement and AU Agenda 2063-across all regions and linguistic jurisdictions as well as fomenting partnerships for policy and concrete actions, resulting in its mainstreaming into national budgets, environmental and agricultural policies to actualize the SDGs. At the 6th AMCEN special session in Cairo Egypt, EBAFOSA was adopted as the continental policy framework and implementation platform for adaptation and food security in Africa- through policy and technical solutions aimed at optimizing highly catalytic natural capital based sectors – Ecosystems Driven agriculture and its linkage to clean energy, to spur rural sustainable industries, towards achieving the SDGs.
He also coordinated the Africa Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) project bringing together African countries within five regions (Central, Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Africa) to share lessons and solutions to LEDS planning, modeling, and implementation and actualize their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC with aim for job creation, climate resilience, and achievement of low emissions development.
He has been involved in shaping continental level strategic environmental policy position through technical support for the Africa Ministerial Conference for the Environment (AMCEN), as well as informing a coherent continental strategic climate policy position that prioritizes continental priorities at global forums through scientific research and publishing. For instance, he pioneered the Africa Adaptation Gap report series, a scientific analysis in the order of and informed by the UNFCCC IPCC reports, which have helped to galvanize a coherent continental strategic climate policy position. This resulted in the elevation of adaptation to a par with mitigation, an AMCEN priority and provision for voluntary domestic resource mobilization in the COP21, as informed by the 2nd Africa Adaptation Gap Report.
He has been involved in enhancing human and institutional capacity building skills, as well as mentoring and empowering young professionals through the EBAFOSA country-driven model, allowing national stakeholders and institutions to lead in policy and ground actions, transferring continentally and globally sourced best practices to countries which in the processes has helped built both human and institutional capacities.
He is the 2016 recipient of UNEP’s recognition highest award, the Baobab staff awards for Programme Innovation for enhancing the efficiency and efficacy with which UNEP work on EBA policy integration is being upscaled nationally and regionally. He has also worked as a Research Fellow at Trinity College, University of Dublin, and a Lecturer at Nottingham University. He has participated in a wide variety of research projects and has published over 200 articles in both international peer-reviewed journal and magazines. He holds a PhD in Environmental Change & Policy from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
Dr. Munang holds a PhD in Environmental Change & Policy from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. He has participated in a wide variety of research projects and has published over 300 articles in International Peer reviewed journals and magazines. You can read some of his articles here
Very honored to have him as our Blog-Nality for this week! I really can’t wait to get an interview with him!
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If I was to accomplish one big thing in my lifetime I would want it to be to inspire people to know that they are the solutions to the problems we face. And the solutions are in each an everyone of us hence helping to unleash the hidden passion is key