Nueva imagen 7Dr. Parviz Koohafkan, is the Founder of the World Agricultural Heritage Foundation and the UN Partnership Initiative on “Conservation and Adaptive Management of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)”.

He is presently Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan.

He was born in 11 March 1951 in Iran, obtained an engineering degree in Natural Resources Management from University of Teheran, Iran, he has a Ph.D. in Ecology and Master in General and Applied Ecology from the University of Sciences and Techniques of Montpellier, France.

His fields of specializations are: Integrated Natural Resources Management; Biodiversity and Genetic Resources Conservation; Sustainable Livelihood and Climate Change Management; Land Use Planning, Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development; Environmental Impact Assessment;
Dr. Koohafkan, started his career in Iran as assistant professor in ecology and then as a professor of Forest Ecology in Ecole National du Génie Rural des Eaux et Forêts in Montpellier, France.
From 1985 until 2012, he worked in Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, FAO in several countries and held several Senior positions in FAO headquarter in Rome including the positions of Director of Land and Water Division, Director of the Climate Change and Bio-energy Division, and the Director of Rural Development Division in Sustainable Development Department of FAO.
Fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian, he is the author of several books and publications on sustainable agriculture and rural development, biodiversity, agro-ecology, natural resources management and climate change.

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