Elvis Kuudaar

I am an experienced and competent Natural Resource Scientist and a Development Change Facilitator. I hold Bachelors in Natural Resources Management and presently pursuing a Masters in Governance and Sustainable Development from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. I have extensive experiences in project management, programme design, Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Indigenous Development and M&E, and a repertoire of forestry related activities including REDD+.
I am a leading voice in Ghana on forest policy reforms that allow communities a greater access, management, and benefit from forest resources. An advocate of local ownership of biodiversity conservation processes, I have worked with communities, traditional leadership, governments, civil society and private sector in Ghana. I was one of the pioneer implementers of the Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) concept in Ghana, which is being adapted to address the challenges of delivering community benefits under Payment for Eco-systems Services (PES) and REDD+. I am currently a leading member of the Civil Society group (Forest Watch Ghana) participating in the ongoing forest policy and legal review in Ghana and provide professional expertise to CSOs on community based forest management mechanisms within the context of sustainable forest management.
I bring over 10yrs experience from successful work in different organisations, on full time and consultancy basis including the Environmental Protection Agency, CARE International, Rainforest Alliance, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Forest Watch Ghana and the National Forest Forum. I currently work with Rainforest Alliance USAID funded FCCA project in Ghana as the Community Forestry & Enterprise Development Specialist.