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Fonda Lewis (MEnvDev) – Chief Scientist

Fonda has expertise in both the social and natural sciences, informed by her qualifications as well as her working experience in both fields. Fonda has a Masters Degree in Environment and Development, a Bachelor of Social Science (Economics and Geography), and a National Diploma Nature Conservation. She has 23 years of relevant working experience. Her key expertise is the interface between social and ecological systems taking into consideration key issues such as climate change, gender issues, poverty and resource use dependency, and environmental change. Focus areas include action research in:

    • Resilience building and adaptation, including community based and ecosystems based adaptation
    • Economic tools and incentives for improved environmental management
    • Local economic development and livelihoods approaches to enhancing environmental management
    • Integrated environmental management, monitoring, auditing and reporting
    • Socio-economic assessments including consideration of issues such as gender, livelihoods, poverty, resource dependency

Fonda is responsible for leading and developing the Adaptation and Resilience Programme at the Institute of Natural Resources. She is a member of IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi) and the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP). Fonda has strong leadership and management skills, having successfully led a number of donor funded multi-disciplinary project teams, including a number of transboundary projects.

Fonda has worked extensively on projects in a number of countries throughout Southern Africa including Lesotho, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. She also has experience in Uganda, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Mali, Zambia and Swaziland.

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