Danae Maniatis

Working for theTrees of Life...

In general...

Thank you for visiting my site! I am 32 years young and I have a dual nationality: Belgian and Greek. My passion on the environment, nature and life takes me to several beautiful corners of the world. I am an environment and development specialist with wide-ranging experience in tropical forestry, climate change and international policy.

Currently I work as an independent consultant on REDD+ and forest management issues around the world, for example by supporting countries such as Bhutan and Suriname in REDD+ related issues. 

Until a few months ago I worked for the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. In this role, I was a Forestry officer for FAO's in the UN-REDD programme to support the development and implementation of National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS) in the context of REDD+ for a number of central and west African countries (the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Burundi, Gabon, Rwanda, Tchad, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast and South Sudan).

I hold a Visiting Research Association position at the University of Oxford's School of Geography and the Environment, where I completed my PhD at the Environmental Change Institute.

REDD+ is an expected mitigation action under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) and stands for 'reducing emissions from deforestation, forest degradation and the role of conservation, enhancement of forest carbon stocks and the sustainable management of forests'.

On this website you will find my CV, research interests and information about my previous and current research topics. My hobbies? I love photography and exploring life. Scuba-diving, swimming, walks in nature, dancing, reading and cooking are some of my favourite activities. I like keeping informed about politics and current issues of the world.