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Fady Asmar, Agriculture and Forest Engineer, Ecosystem Management , Mediatot

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND Diploma in Mediation and Conflict Resolution Saint-Joseph University – Lebanon, Oct 2012 B.Sc Agriculture and Diploma of Ingénieur Agricole American University of Beirut, 1985 Post-graduate Diploma in Mediterranean Forests and Ecosystems Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania-Greece (MAICH) Study on Park Management, Outdoor Recreation and Nature Conservation, 1988 M.Sc. in Mediterranean Forests and Ecosystems Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania-Greece (MAICH) Thesis on the Ecology, Conservation and Genetic Variability of the Lebanese Cedar, 1989 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Feb 2008 and on • Rural Development Expert in the EU funded Agriculture and Rural Development Program, Ministry of Agriculture - Lebanon • Regional Consultant to prepare the regional report for the UNCCD (October 2012) • National consultant with UNDP to prepare the national report for the UNCCD (August – September 2012) • Regional consultant with FAO to bring support to countries in the region (Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Yemen) in the preparation of the national reports on the State of Forest Genetic Resources; preparation of a regional workshop in Tunis in July 2012; compilation of national reports into a regional report (Feb – August 2012) • Consultant with the Ministry of Agriculture – Lebanon, to accompany the process of preparation of the National Forest Program (Feb – May 2012) • Consultant with Fair-Trade Lebanon on the preparation of an agricultural profile for the Akkar Region (North Lebanon) – November-December 2011 • Consultant with ESCWA on the Voluntary Sustainability Standards (Sept. 2011) • National Consultant with UNDP for the preparation of the self-assessment exercise for the preparation of Lebanon's Third National Communication to the UNFCCC (Aug – Oct 2011) • National Consultant with FAO RNE for the preparation of short study on the Pinus pinea in Lebanon (Aug 2011) • National consultant with UNOPS for the mid-term evaluation exercise of the “Reducing Health-Care Waste” project (June 2011) • Regional consultant with FAO for the preparation of the Pasture Profile for Lebanon (May – June 2011) • National Consultant with FAO for the preparation of a project document for a National Reforestation Program and a National Forest Strategy (January 2011 – April 2011) • Contribution to the elaboration of the guidelines for the preparation of national reports on Forest Genetic Resources with FAO (January 2011; workshop planned for May 2011) • Contribution to the compilation of the regional report for the UNCCD (December 2010) • Preparation of the National Report for for the UNCCD (November 2010) • Consultant with ESCWA for the preparation of a case study on the Sustainable Livelihood Approach – Presentation of the paper during the expert meeting (December 2010) • International Consultant with UNDP-Iraq to develop a “Drought Impact Assessment and Mitigation Strategy” for Kurdistan (September 09 – September 10) • National Consultant with Arc en Ciel for the preparation of market studies on local food products, fair trade and consumer’s behaviour (August – October 09) • Organisation of environment related activities in the framework of the annual Mzaar Festival – Lebanon (August 09) • Landscaping Consultant for a regional architectural firm for the landscaping component of a major development project in KSA (January – August 09) • National Consultant with AFDC (Association for Forests Development and Conservation) for the preparation of the Mosaic Project Document (regional Project with IUCN) (June-September 09) • National Consultant for the preparation of the forests component in the second climate change national communication (vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation) (April 09-April 10) • National Consultant with Diakonia – Regional Middle East Office (Swedish Development Agency) for the evaluation of the Youth for Development programme implemented by Arc en Ciel. Nov-Dec 2008 • National Consultant with the Environment Fund for Lebanon (GTZ-CDR) for the consolidation and the follow-up of the forestry related projects submitted to the fund. Oct 2008, February 2009 • International Consultant with the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD to propose guidelines for the alignment of the NAPs of the Arab Countries on the new strategy of the UNCCD. Sept – Oct 2008 • TCDC consultant supporting the preparation of the National Forest Strategy in Syria (August 08 – April 09) • National Consultant for the preparation of a National Forest Fire Management Plan, with the Association for Forests, Development and Conservation (AFDC) in the framework of the EU funded project “Towards Developing and Implementing a National Strategy for Forest Fire Management in Lebanon”. June – November 2008. • International Consultant for the Final Evaluation of the GEF/UNEP Project in Lebanon: “Integrated Management of Cedar Forests in Lebanon in Cooperation with Other Mediterranean Countries”. June – July 2008 • National Consultant with DMI (consulting and management) for the preparation of project documents for local development projects in the Beqaa and North Lebanon (agriculture and forestry). March – July 2008 • National Consultant on the evaluation of project proposals submitted in the framework of the Environment Fund for Lebanon (GTZ – CDR). April 2008 Part time Consultant July 2004 – Jan 2008 • Regional Consultant with UNDP/DDC on the evaluation (Program Review) of the DDC Program and its achievements in the region. Dec. 2007 – Jan. 2008 • Regional Consultant with FAO-RNE (Cairo) providing assistance to the Regional Forestry Officer on the preparation of the Near East Forestry Commission and other regional meetings; on the preparation of concept notes related to the meetings; and on the preparation and review of some project documents. Contribution to the preparation of the voluntary guidelines on good forestry practices in arid and semi-arid zones in the Near East. Oct. 2007 – Dec. 2007 • National Consultant with UNDP/DDC on the valorisation of the achievements of the Dry Lands Development Centre in the region. May 2007 – June 2007 • National Consultant in Forest Management with FAO – Case Study on Multi-purpose forest management: a case study from Lebanon. Feb 2007 – June 2007 • National Consultant with Gaia – Heritage for UNESCO on the requirements of the management plan of the Qadisha Valley (World Heritage Site). Feb 2007 – April 2007 • Regional Consultant with FAO – RNE for the preparation of one case study on forest protection and fire control, and for the coordination of two study cases with different consultants, in the framework of the preparation of the task force inter-sessional meeting of the Near East Forestry Commission. Oct. 2006 – Dec 2006 • Participation in the rapid assessment of the damages caused by the aggressions in July 2006, on the forestry sector, with the FAO mission; contribution to the preparation of the project documents. Oct 2006 • National Consultant with the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (MAI-B) on the rapid analysis of mountain policies and the implementation of a PNTD (Participatory and Negotiated Territorial Development) approach in Lebanon, in the framework of the SARD – M. April 2006 – Sept 2006 • National Consultant with MAI-B on the institutional analysis and information needs for mountain products and services in Lebanon. Development of an experimental data base on mountain products and services in Lebanon (www.cybermontagne.org). April 2006 – April 2007 • Regional Consultant with FAO – RNE in Cairo for the preparation of a publication on the State of the Forests in the region. Dec. 2005 • Regional Consultant with UNDP and UNEP (ROWA) in Bahrain to assist the country in the preparation of the National Action Plan to Combat Desertification. Nov. 2005 – June 2007 • National Consultant with FAO – Lebanon for the preparation of a forest policy dialogue document. July 2005 – Sept 2005 • Education Expert / Technical Consultant from Developing Countries (TCDC) for the revision of the curriculum of studies in the framework of the FAO: Improving the training capacity of the Arab Institute for Forestry and Range (AIFR) – Latakieh – Syria. The mission consists of 14 weeks (10 in the AIFR, and 4 at home) running until December 2005. Oct 2004 – Dec 2005 • National Consultant with UNESCO Beirut and Gaia Heritage on the Biodiversity and cultural heritage values of the Qadisha Valley – Lebanon. March 2005 – July 2005 • National Consultant with FAO – RNE for the preparation of the State of the Forests in Lebanon. July 2005 • Regional Consultant with FAO - RNE for the review of a few country briefs on forestry and the forestry sector, in the framework of a study on the state of the forests in the Near East, Cairo – Egypt. July 2004 Head of Service - Range-Lands, Public Gardens and Protected Forests. Nov 1998 - Jan 2008 • Directorate of Rural Development and Natural Resources. Ministry of Agriculture • Directly involved in the different forestry related projects in the Ministry of Agriculture; the latest being the National Forest and Tree Resources Inventory (FAO – Ministry of Agriculture) • National Correspondent for the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FAO) • Contribution to the preparation of the Forestry Outlook Study (FAO) • Follow-up issues related to the CBD and the UNFCC with the Ministry of Environment • Follow-up issues related to the United Nations Forum on Forestry • Follow-up issues related to the Millennium Development Goals • Follow-up issues related to the Mountains (in the framework of the activities initiated during the International Year of the Mountain) • Contribution to the process lead by the Council for Development and Reconstruction for the development of framework laws for the Mountains; the Protected Areas; and the Coastal Zones • Coordinator of FAO activities in the Ministry of Agriculture (2004 - 2005) National Focal Point of the UNCCD 1996 - 2004 • Ministry of Agriculture /UN Convention to Combat Desertification • Development of project document for the preparation of the National Action Program and implementation of the UNCCD in Lebanon; UNDP- Ministry of Agriculture • Development of project for the NAP preparation; GTZ – Ministry of Agriculture • Follow-up of both projects and liaison with the Ministry of Agriculture • Contribution to the preparation of the National Action Program to Combat Desertification Forest Engineer Sept. 1997 – Nov.1998 • Forestry Department- Directorate of Rural Development and Natural Resources. Ministry of Agriculture National Consultant 1994 -1997 • FAO/UNDP project LEB/90/001, on the National Action Plan for Forestry and on the preparation for the elaboration of a National Action Plan to Combat Desertification. • Preparation of the Umbrella Project for the CCD. • Preparation of a project document for the implementation of the NAP in Lebanon; UNDP-MOA • FAO/UNDP project LEB 90/001, Rehabilitation of the Ministry of Agriculture; Technical Assistant of the General Director Lecturer 2011 – to date Lebanese University • Faculty of Agriculture – MSc Landscaping and Faculty of Architecture – MSc Landscaping: Introduction to Forest Ecosystems 1994-to date St. Joseph University • Institute of Tourism: Courses on the Fauna and Flora of Lebanon, on Ecotourism and Environment and on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development • Institute of Environmental Management: Courses on Ecosystems and on Management and Organization of Rural Areas • School of Agriculture – ESIAM: Courses on Mediterranean Forests and on Ecology • Faculty of Pharmacy: Introduction to Environmental Issues Lecturer 1991-1995 School of Agriculture of the Holy Spirit University-Kaslik • Courses on Forestry and on Integrated Rural Development • Collaboration at the Research Program on the Cedar; joint venture between the USEK and the Institut Supérieur Agronomique de Beauvais - France (ISAB). Freelance Consultant and Landscape Designer 1992-to date • Landscaping and Flower Decoration projects (Ad hoc basis); soft-scaping; garden maintenance Lecturer 1992-1996 Institut d’Urbanisme- Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts • Courses on Ecosystems, on Action of Man on his Milieu and on Natural Risk Management Advertising and Fund Raising 1992-1993 • Ecological Activities: Cedars of God Forest, • Articles on ecological issues in the local magazine Bacharia Trainer 1990 • Training of trainers in the Peace Education Program, Initiation to Ecology and Sensitisation to Nature/ UNICEF Social worker 1987 • Save the Children Federation and Caritas Landscaping 1986-1987 • Exotica- Landscaping Department

Experienced in Mediterranean Ecosystems and Dry-land Management (including climate change and drought); mediation and conflict resolution in natural resources management

Topic(s)

Forests

Available for:

Consultancy; Consultancy to Parties; Consultancy to support reporting process

Contact details:

ADDRESS: MK2 Bldg Hazmieh-Mar Takla Beirut- Lebanon Phone: 961-3-259818 e.mail: fady.asmar@hotmail.com

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