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Michael Gachanja - Forests, Wildlife and Climate Specialist

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Michael is a natural resource management expert with 25 years of experience specialising in forestry and wildlife management, and climate change. His 80+ consultancy assignments have tackled forestry, wildlife and local development issues for a range of donors, including the World Bank, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), European Union (EU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Finland Government, Department for International Development (DFID), UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), and several NGO clients at a global level and in Africa including International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), Centre for International Development (CIDT), IDH, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), One Acre Fund, Care Kenya/International, Norwegians Peoples Aid, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) among others. He has worked in Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, Burundi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and South Sudan. Michael has strong experience in governance, policy, and resource assessments including environmental and social assessments, organisational planning and development, programme/project design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation.


Michael’s technical experience also spans REDD+, carbon project development, climate change vulnerability assessments, results-based finance assessments, as well as assessment and mainstreaming of climate change in institutional, policy and legal frameworks.


  • Master of Science in Range Management (woodland ecology)

  • Bachelor of Science in Range Management



  • English, Kiswahili

Michael's projects

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