Conducting studies and assessments with a focus on use to ensure that new knowledge and insights are used to influence and support policy and practice 

Work Experiences

Briefing note on importance of tenure security and landscape governance in addressing environmental management and sustainability. [2020]
Geographical Scope: Global
Athari Expert: Edmund Barrow

Literature review and landscape analysis to underscore key approaches, models of success and failure, and central conversations across the field of community-based conservation. (2019)
Client: National Geographic
Geographical Scope: Global
Athari Expert: Edmund Barrow

Case study on citizen engagement in the review of the Kenya Wildlife Conservation and Management Act (WCMA 2013) [2018/2019]
Client: CLEAR Anglophone Africa
Geographical Scope: Kenya
Athari Expert: Mine Pabari & Yemeserach Tessema

Review of policy and legislation related to protected area management, governance and equity in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Region. Review made part of the State of Protected and Conserved Areas (SoPACA) report for the ESA region (2019)
Client: The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA), IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Office, Pretoria, South Africa
Athari Expert: Yemeserach Tessema

Co-author of the Inter-institutional coordination mechanisms for forest landscape restoration: examples of success (2020) -
Client: IUCN
Geographical Scope: Kenya, Pakistan
Athari Expert: Alejandro A. Imbach

Development of a think piece on environmental justice and women’s rights in Africa (including research & facilitation of an Africa-wide convening) [2020]
Client: UAF Africa
Geographical Scope: Africa
Athari Expert: Kristin Muthui and Mine Pabari

Deep dive research on the role of Women’s Funds in the nexus between Environmental Justice and Women’s Rights (2018/2019) [unpublished]
Client: Mama Cash
Geographical Scope: Global
Athari Experts: Mine Pabari & Alejandro Imbach

Co-Principle Investigator on the Evidence in Practice Book and support to the implementation of the Evidence in Practice project (2018-2020)
Client: CLEAR Anglophone Africa
Geographical Scope: Africa
Athari Experts: Mine Pabari

Proposal writer and research for agricultural research in the dry areas development strategy and resource mobilization (2019-2021)
Client:  International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
Geographical Scope: Central and South Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Africa
Athari Expert: Yemeserach Tessema

Main Author of the Strategic document to guide private sector engagement and investment in the Shire Basin Environmental Support Trust (Shire BEST) (August 2017)
Client: Shire Basin Environmental Support Trust (Shire BEST)
Geographical Scope: Malawi, Shire Basin
Athari Expert: Marie Parramon Gurney

Contributing Author for the Report on the values of ecosystems and their services in relation to agriculture, in Africa, and more specifically in the Zambezi Valley Development Corridor in Mozambique (2017-2018)
Client: SUSTAIN, IUCN August
Geographical Scope: Mozambique
Athari Expert: Marie Parramon Gurney

Enhancing knowledge and conservation to promote sustainable community livelihoods through research and eco-educational activities
Development Partner: Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation
Geographical Scope:
Local (Mathew Ranges in Samburu County, Kenya) The position entails conducting
Athari Expert:
Nancy Moinde

Ecosystem risk assessments 
using the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems methodology. This involved contributing to methodological development of the RLE protocol, developing & fundraising for projects to carry out ecosystem risk assessments in various countries, supporting assessor training, creating awareness in other countries (e.g. China, Australia), co-authoring various journal papers on RLE.
Resources: Scientific Foundations for an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems
Athari Expert: Edmund Barrow


Managing for Impact -  Co-facilitator of for the Managing for Impact (M4I) course tos trengthen the capacity of CLEAR partners in Central America to apply M4I in their daily work practice (2015)
Client: Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), CLEAR center for Latin America - CIDE
Geographical Scope: Regional (Latin America)
Athari Expert: Natalia Ortiz

Multidisciplinary research on the interrelationship between climate and land use changes on mammal abundance and diversity in their influence on (re)emergence of zoonosis diseases(2016-2018)
Geographical Scope:
Local (Laikipia County ecosystem, Kenya)
Athari Expert: Nancy Moinde


Prepare the National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) for implementing UN Convention on Biological Diversity, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Convention on Desertification and Land Degradation and the Ramsar Convention
Development Partner :GEF/UN Environment. This involved preparing the project inception report, stocktaking and thematic assessments, cross-cutting analysis and developing the NCSA Final Report and Capacity Development Action Plan (2016/2017)
Client: Africa Business Incubator
Geographical Scope: National (South Sudan)
Athari Expert: Yemi Tessema

Participatory climate vulnerability assessments
for the IUCN Flagship Mountain Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EbA) Programme of UNEP, UNDP & IUCN. This also involved the analysis and identification of EbA options - agroforestry, forest landscape restoration (farmer managed), grassland & water management & restoration, action learning from EbA work. The work fed supported policy influence at national level & globally.
Geographical Scope: Global
Athari Expert: Edmund Barrow

Baseline evaluation of 13 Netherlands Government financed agriculture, health and education related projects with focus on capacity development and civil society strengthening
Development Partner: Netherlands
Geographical Scope: National (Ethiopia)
Athari Expert: Elias Zerfu


Baseline study of the Revitalizing Agricultural/Pastoral Incomes and New Markets (RAIN) program (2010-2011).
Geographical Scope: Local (Somali and East Harargie regions of Ethiopia)
Athari Expert: Elias Zerfu