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Mr .Vianny Ahimbisibwe | landscape restoration | Young Scientist Award

👨‍🏫Profile Summary

🌲I am an interdisciplinary professional dedicated to working at the intersection of practice, science, and policy, particularly focusing on forest-related issues, including Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) such as forest and farm landscape restoration. My expertise spans areas such as climate change, biodiversity, livelihood, gender, tenure, and forest and landscape restoration. With a background in European policy review and experience in Africa (Ethiopia and Uganda), I aim to break down barriers through research, technical advice, project management, and the development and testing of guidelines, safeguards, and policy frameworks.

I am passionate about contributing to the efficient and sustainable management of natural resources, governance, gender, tenure, benefit-sharing mechanisms, and scaling up restoration best practices to achieve the UN SDGs globally. Seeking a career in operational implementation, I thrive in engaging with multi-stakeholders and coordinating inter-agency efforts. As a self-motivated individual, I possess strong analytical, project management, interpersonal leadership, and coordination skills.🌍

🌐 Professional Profiles


📅 Selected Professional Experience 🌲

Mar 2019 – Dec 2024: Scientist (Policy Advisor) Von-Thuenen Institute of Forestry, Project: FLESRA (Forest Landscape and Ecosystem Services Restoration Assessment) in Ethiopia, Major Role: Research project management, coordination, and execution, Tasks: Policy review and advice, funding proposal, resource scheduling, partner identification, stakeholder workshops, data collection, analysis, and communication. Jan 2018 – Feb 2019: Research Assistant TU-Dresden, Germany (Chair of Forest Biometrics and Systems Analysis & Chair of Tropical Forestry), Project: Wood Cluster project, Tasks: Review of farm systems research methods, tutoring MSc students, proposal and scientific writing on farm household decision-making. Nov 2013 – Jul 2015: Biometrician, Ministry of Works and Transport, Uganda, Tasks: Data capture and validation Jun 2013 – Jun 2015: Research Assistant, Makerere University, Uganda, Projects: Soya Bean for Food Security, Coffee Agroforestry Carbon, Gasification, Tasks: Data collection, analysis, statistical modeling, tutoring, and cost-benefit analysis.

🎓 Education and Training 🌱

Jun 2020 – Ongoing: Ph.D. in Forest Sciences Technical University of Munich (TUM School of Life Sciences) Major Fields: Forest and Landscape Restoration (Governance, technical efficiency, environmental cost-benefit analysis). Oct 2015 – Sep 2017: Master of Science in Tropical Forestry and Management TU-Dresden, Germany Major Fields: Economics and management of forest resources, project planning, monitoring, sustainable management, biodiversity conservation, GIS, and remote sensing. Thesis: Development of an agent-based model for household decision-making on tree planting. Aug 2010 – Aug 2013: Bachelor of Science in Social and Entrepreneurial Forestry Makerere University, Uganda First Class (4.73/5) Thesis: Development of a biomass equation for estimating above-ground carbon sequestered by Arabica coffee shrubs in Agroforestry systems in Uganda

🌐 Other Courses and Skills 🛠️

Short Courses: Global Diplomacy in the Modern World (ongoing), Lateral Leadership 2023 (Technical University of Munich), Creative Thinking 2021 (Technical University of Munich), Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration Course 2022 (UNDP and partners), Applying Ecosystem Restoration Interventions Course 2022 (UNDP and partners), Landscape Governance (Collaborating Across Sectors and Scales 2020 – Wageningen University) Skills: Language: English (Full proficiency), German (Basic), Communication: Patience, active listening, belief in dialogue among stakeholders, Managerial: Lateral leadership, creative thinking, problem-solving, flexibility, self-motivation, teamwork, Computer: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint – Full proficiency), GIS and Remote Sensing (Intermediate), STATA (Full proficiency), R-language (Intermediate

Vianny Ahimbisibwe | landscape restoration | Young Scientist Award

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