UNEP’s Senior Economist Visited Institute of Desertification Studies
Author:   Source: Institute of Desertification Studies  Time: 2017-03-01

Pushpam Kumar making presentation

Pushpam Kumar talking with researchers from Institute of Desertification Studies

On 23 Feb, Dr. Pushpam Kumar, a senior economist from United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), was invited to participate in academic exchanges in the Institute of Desertification Studies. Dr. Pushpam Kumar’s visit aimed at exchanging with researchers in land degradation, and promoting further advancement of research in this area in China and even Asia, based on UNEP’s work.

Dr. Pushpam Kumar made a presentation entitled “Economics of Land Degradation in Asia”, in which he introduced economics and land degradation, a new initiative developed by UNEP and German Development Cooperation (GIZ). Participants were engaged in heated discussions and exchanges. Dr. Cheng Leilei from Institute of Desertification Studies introduced to Dr. Pushpam Kumar research progress in evaluation of desert ecosystem services.

Dr. Pushpam Kumar received his PhD in economic ecology in University of Minnesota, and did post-doctoral research. Afterwards, he was the associate professor or professor at the University of Liverpool, Cambridge and Delhi. He was Honorary Research Scientist at the Earth Institute of Columbia University. He was also the scientific co-coordinator for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), and member of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment. Dr. Kumar was Lead Author for the Fourth Assessment (Mitigation) and Co-coordinating Lead Author for Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2000-2005) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He was Chief for Ecosystem Services Economics Unit of Ecosystem Management Program, and Co-ordinator for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Subprogram, UNEP. Since 2017, he became a senior economist for UNEP, in charge of capital accounting and consulting in agriculture and food of TEEB.