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Abisha’s expertise bridges the environment and development sectors. His work for the Centre focuses on mainstreaming of biodiversity and development in national plans (e.g. National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and National Development Plans (NDPs)), exploring the links between biodiversity conservation and poor people’s livelihoods, strengthening the evidence base for poverty - biodiversity linkages, agriculture – biodiversity/ecosystem services – commodities linkages, and informing policy in these fields. Abisha continues to contribute to UNEP-WCMC’s work on drylands, ecosystem assessments, biodiversity and ecosystem service indicators, national reporting on biodiversity, and capacity building thereof. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Geography and Environmental Science (UZ, 2002), an MA in Environmental Policy and Planning (UZ, 2004) and an MSc in International Development (Bath, 2005). In his spare time Abisha enjoys following his beloved Arsenal FC.
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