Musonda Mumba
Head of the UN Environment’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Team

Musonda Mumba Musonda is currently the head of the UN Environment’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Team and for over 8 years was the agency’s Coordinator for Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Flagship Programme within the Climate Change Adaptation team.  She is also the UN Environment Mountain Focal Point and is current Vice-Chairperson of the Mountain Partnership.  Her responsibilities include providing leadership on Forests and Climate Change, Integrated Landscape Approaches, technical expertise to governments globally, developing appropriate policy dialogue and strategic direction around Terrestrial Ecosystems.  She will also be the UN Environment lead on Terrestrial Ecosystems for the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021 – 2030) and was recently selected as the new Chair of the Global Partnership for Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) Platform.

Musonda, a Zambian national, received her BSc. Ed degree at University of Zambia and her PhD at University College London in wetland conservation and hydrology – which was undertaken within the Kafue Flats of Zambia. In 2008 she took an expedition with 25 men to Rwenzori mountains to study the impact of climate change in this landscape. 

Musonda is also the founder of the Network of African Women Environmentalists (NAWE) in partnership with FAO, Wangari Maathai Foundation, UNDP, UN Women, Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and Partners for Resilience  Her interests including abstract painting, hiking in mountain areas (when she can), cooking, cycling and doodling/drawing with her kids.

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