Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

Stewart Maginnis

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Global Director, Nature-based Solutions Group
Director, Global Forest and Climate Change Programme
IUCN Focal Point as host of GLISPA Coordination Team
2016 to 2018 Member

Stewart Maginnis is the Global Director of the Nature-based Solutions Group, with overall responsibility for IUCN’s work on Ecosystem Management, Forests, Water, Gender, Social Policy, Economics and Business & Biodiversity.

Stewart has over 28 years of broad experience in the area of natural resource management, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, including 13 years full-time field work in Tanzania, Sudan, Ghana and Costa Rica. More recently he has worked extensively in national and international natural resource and climate change policy arenas. During the past 12 years he has been a recognized leader in the conceptual development and promotion of “forest landscape restoration” (FLR), an approach which has now been adopted by many national and international polices and initiatives, including the Bonn Challenge to restore 150 million hectares of impoverished and degraded landscapes over the forthcoming decade.

IUCN is a board member of GLISPA as it hosts the network, fiscally and institutionally. Through this engagement, IUCN is ensuring that the hosting arrangement represents the interests of both parties as well as actively seeks collaborative opportunities in moving forward aligned ambitions for island biodiversity conservation.