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Richard Eba’a Atyi is currently the Regional Coordinator of the ITTO project, Promotion of sustainable management of African Forests. This project covers ten central and western African nations and promotes the sustainable management of African forest through the use of Principles, Criteria and Indicators developed by ITTO and the African Timber organization (ATO). Recent studies conducted by Dr. Atyi on forest certification include: Forest certification: pending challenges for tropical timber (ITTO, 2002), The potential role of phased approaches to certification in tropical timber producer countries as a tool to promote sustainable forest management, (ITTO, 2003) and a strategic study for the establishment of a regional Office for FSC in Africa (2003). Dr. Atyi has earned a PhD in Forest Management and Economics from The Wageningen University, The Netherlands, an Master of Science from the School of Forestry at Oregon State University, and a degree in Forestry from the University of Dschang, Cameroon.

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Cori Ham is the Founding Member of Ukwazisa Consulting, a closed corporation specialising in sustainable forest management and forestry development projects. He is involved in social development research and consults on subjects such as non-timber forest products, farm forestry, enterprise development, indigenous product commercialisation, community resource use, sustainable forest management, forest mensuration and FSC certification. He is also a Lecturer for community forestry students at the Department of Forest Science, University of Stellenbosch and B.Tech community forestry students at the Saasveld campus of the Port Elizabeth Technicon. He has travelled extensively throughout southern Africa for his research and consulting work.

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Polycarp Musimami Mwima, a forester by profession, is presently the acting National Biodiversity Data Bank Manager at Makerere University Institute of Environment and Natural Resources. Previously, Mr. Mwima coordinated the Makerere University Institute of Environment and Natural Resources - GEF Cross-Boarder Biodiversity project, which trained various stakeholders in Moroto/Kotido and Rakai/Mbarara districts in agro-forestry, collaborative and sustainable management of natural resources, developing a monitoring and evaluation programme, and establishing databases for the two project sites in Uganda. He has worked as a researcher on Ugandan protected areas and published several ecological papers and reports. Privately, he has been a consultant with several organizations and institutions within Uganda supporting conservation of biological diversity. He is currently studying aspects of land degradation in Tororo district, Eastern Uganda, and strategies for increased production to alleviate poverty. He earned a Master of Environmental Science degree from Makerere University.

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Felix Chilekwa Njovu is currently a Lecturer in Economics, Forest Economics and Biometry at Copperbelt University, Kitwe, Zambia, as well as head of the University’s Forest Resource Management Department and Acting Dean of the School of Natural Resources. He has worked extensively on beekeeping projects and has researched the social and economic importance of a variety of non-timber forest products in Zambia. He has contributed to national and provincial Forestry Action Plans, analyzing the role of forestry within the economy. Other consultancy work includes socioeconomic studies of management plans for the certification of the Ndola Pine Plantations. He has been a member of the Steering Committee for CIFOR (Southern Africa) on Management of Miombo Forestry project since 2000 and a board member for the Institute of Environmental Management since 1999. Mr. Niovu holds an Master of Science in forest economics from the University of Helsinki, Finland, a Bachelor of Science in forestry from Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), and a Diploma in forestry from Zambia Forest College.

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