Center for International Forestry Research appoints Richard Eba'a Atyi as Regional Coordinator for Central Africa

YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon , December 8, 2010 (press release) – The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has appointed Richard Eba’a Atyi as its new Regional Coordinator for Central Africa.

Eba’a Atyi, a Cameroonian, has more than 25 years experience working in forestry, especially in tropical forest management planning, forest economics, forest certification and forestry institutions. He has a PhD in forest resources management and economics from the Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Prior to joining CIFOR, he worked for the European Commission-funded project African Forests (FORAF) on the development of an Observatory for the Forests of Central Africa (OFAC).

Eba’a Atyi, who started in November, replaced Cyrie Sendashonga, who has become the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Director of Programme and Policy Group.

Fluent in English and French, Eba’a Atyi has been involved in several CIFOR research projects in Central Africa, and has published jointly with other CIFOR scientists.

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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing counties. CIFOR helps ensure that decision-making that affects forests is based on solid science and principles of good governance, and reflects the perspectives of developing countries and forest-dependent people. CIFOR is one of 15 centres within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.

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