Bentval Ravindra Prabhu
CFA is pleased to announce that the winner of the Queen's Award for
Forestry 2005 is Dr Bentval Ravindra Prabhu of CIFOR, Zimbabwe.
Prabhu has made outstanding contributions to work on the Criteria and
Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management, both globally and in many
specific countries. He has also been a pioneering champion of moving from
a rule based approach to forest management to an adaptive approach, where
how one manages a forest changes over time as the objectives, context, and
condition of the forest change. Dr. Prabhu has a firm
commitment to and belief in transforming public sector forestry
institutions into more dynamic, transparent and accountable,
works tirelessly to encourage and mentor young developing country
scientists, and many young leaders in Asia and Africa have benefited
greatly from their relation to him. His work has taken him to many
countries; and in each one the forestry professionals always speak highly
of him. He is well known in international forestry circles, and
organizations such as FAO, ITTO, and the World Bank. That is one reason
that he was recently appointed to be a member of the task force on
environmental sustainable of the United Nation’s Millennium Project,
established by Koffi Annan and led by Jeffrey Sachs. He is a good and
prolific writer, but an even better speaker, teacher, and facilitator.
While he has a classical forestry training, he is truly multidisciplinary
himself, and an excellent leader of multidisciplinary teams. Although he
has worked with industrial forestry, community forestry, and government
bureaucracies, he is at his best when he works on how to bring these
different groups together.
Queen’s Award for Forestry was presented to CIFOR's Dr. Ravi Prabhu at
Buckingham Palace on 24 February 2005 by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
truly creative and is always looking for new 'out of the box' ways to do
things, which often prove successful.
Since finishing his doctoral degree at the University of Gottingen in
Germany in 1994, Dr. Prabhu has spent most of the last ten years at the
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), where he is widely
acknowledged to be one of the Center’s leading figures, who has been
responsible for many of its most important achievements. Dr. Prabhu is
Indian by birth and nationality, but he has also contributed greatly to
the forestry sectors of a number of other commonwealth countries,
including Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.
here for more information on the Queen's Award for Forestry.