Sven Wunder appointed as Principal Scientist

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Dr Sven Wunder has been appointed as Principal Scientist for EFI’s Mediterranean Facility (EFIMED). Dr Wunder will be leading EFI’s research activities on Payments for Environmental Services (PES) and other incentives and new business models for enhancing the provision of ecosystem services.

Sven Wunder 2018 Photo by Albert Garduño
It is exciting for me to return to my native continent, Europe, after working a couple of decades in the tropics. At EFI, my work will be a mix of old and new things, learning about European forest contexts and applying my global experiences.”, Wunder says. (Photo: Albert Garduño)


Dr Wunder’s previous work has focused precisely on PES, but also on deforestation and poverty. His interests include the broader fields of natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, livelihoods, as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation. He has worked for CIFOR, IUCN, the Center for Development Research (Denmark) and Danida, in Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and Indonesia. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Copenhagen in 1992 and a DSc in Forestry from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen in 2001.