Resource Person > Ms. Rowena Crispina Lacuesta Soriaga

Ms. Rowena Soriaga has been working with natural resource management and rural development concerns over the past 23 years, mainly through the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) and Asia Forest Network (AFN). ?In ESSC, she has been involved in the design and implementation of projects focused on various aspects of sustainable development especially in rural environments. Through AFN, she has contributed to various collaborative regional knowledge products including: (i) Where is the Future of Cultures and Forests, a thematic paper on Indigenous Peoples and Forest Management in 2020 for FAO’s Asia-Pacific Forestry Sector Outlook Study II; (ii) Forest Lives, a report synthesising Lessons on sustaining communities and forests from the EU-UNDP-SEARCA Small Grants Programme for Operations to Promote Tropical Forests, (iii) Making Forestry Work for the Poor, an APFNet-supported assessment of the contribution of forestry to poverty alleviation in Asia and the Pacific, and (iv) Role, Contribution and Effectiveness of Local Governments in Forest Law Enforcement and Governance in ASEAN, a policy paper of the ASEAN Regional Knowledge Network on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance.

She currently serves as ESSC Program Development Specialist and AFN Adviser while contributing to the implementation of two projects: (i) as PES/REDD+ specialist for Assessment of Land and Resource Management (ALARM) and Generating Advancement for Upland Peoples (GAUP) in Pantaron Range, Mindanao, Philippines, and (ii) as committee member for Ecojesuit Flights for Forests. She also provides consulting services to several government, civil society and multilateral institutions mainly covering Southeast Asia.

Rowena obtained her BS Business Economics degree from University of the Philippines and Master in Development Management degree from the Asian Institute of Management.

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