Lead Environmental Economist, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank
Dr. Paola Agostini is a Lead Environmental Economist in the World Bank’s Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice. She is currently the Global Lead for Forests, Landscapes and Ecosystems for the World Bank, looking at issues related to Forests Economy, Landscape Restoration, Resilience, Natural Based Infrastructure, Payments for Ecosystems Services, Protected Areas, Ecotourism and Agroturism, Agroforestry , Silvopastoral and Sustainable Land and Water Management.
Paola Agostini was the Coordinator of TerrAfrica, a regional partnership program in over 26 Sub-Saharan countries that promotes Sustainable Land and Water Management to help reduce poverty, improve livelihoods, and encourage resilient landscapes development. Agostini was also the coordinator of the multisectorial REDD+ Program in Africa (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) supported by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, the Forest Investment Program and the BioCarbon Fund. REDD+ fosters conservation, sustainable management of forests, and community forestry by looking at the drivers of deforestation and working with public and private sector for a deforestation-free development.
Paola Agostini was the coordinator for the GEF Program in Africa and Latin America and Africa, overseeing a portfolio of over 100 projects dealing with Climate Change, Biodiversity, Land Degradation, Chemicals and International Waters.
Paola Agostini holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California San Diego, and a Master of Art in Economic and Social Sciences from Universita Bocconi, Milan, Italy.