Musonda Mumba

Musonda Mumba


Plenary 4: Changing Environment


Musonda Mumba, a Zambian National, is currently the head of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Terrestrial Ecosystems Team, with over 20 years’ experience in environmental and conservation issues globally.  She recently became the new Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR).  In her role, she provides strategic leadership on Forests and Climate Change, Integrated Landscape Management (ILM) Approaches, Policy support to Governments globally, developing appropriate Policy dialogue and strategic direction around Terrestrial Ecosystems.  She has published widely in various journals, newspapers, articles and contributed to book chapters.  She will also be the UN Environment lead on Terrestrial Ecosystems for the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021 – 2030), a UN General Assembly Resolution that was passed on 1st March 2019.  Before working for UNEP, Musonda worked for the Zambian Government, Ramsar Convention, WWF (at International, UK and East Africa Regional Offices) and as such working with governments on Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

She received her BSc. Ed degree at University of Zambia and her PhD at University College London in wetland conservation and hydrology.  

Outside her work her interests include abstract painting, cooking, running, yoga, travelling, mountain climbing and introducing her children to the environmental world.  She speaks English, French, Bemba and KiSwahili.