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Director, Environment and Natural Resources Practice Michael Brown

Michael Brown has more than 30 years of international development experience in natural resource management, community-based planning and decision-making, conservation, environmental compliance, NGO capacity building, agriculture, conflict management, food security, livelihoods, and pastoral production systems. Mr. Brown has worked in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and South Asia. He is currently the director of the Environment and Natural Resources Practice and program manager for the REPLACE IDIQ. Prior to joining Chemonics, he was president of Satya Development International LLC. Mr. Brown holds an M.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in literature and third world studies.

Blog Posts by Michael Brown

6 Myths About Youth and Land

A few basic facts: there were 1.2 billion youth aged 15 to 24 years globally in 2015, accounting for one out of every six people worldwide. By 2030, the target date for achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the number of youth is projected to grow by 7 percent, to nearly 1.3 billion. Given…

Is “Secure Enough” Good Enough for Land Tenure? A Case Study from Rwanda

What is “secure enough” tenure? The concept of “secure enough” tenure has been discussed in the context of humanitarian and post-disaster programming and increasingly through donor initiatives. In our new paper, we adopt the following definition of secure enough tenure, established by USAID: “[T]he benchmark of tenure security [is] when rights to land and natural…

A Paradigm Shift is Necessary for REDD+ to Be Sustainable

In 2013 I wrote a book called Redeeming REDD: Policies, Incentives, and Social Feasibility for Avoided Deforestation, published by Earthscan. In the book I argue that reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD, and the latest variant known as REDD+), needs a suite of enabling conditions, independent of market viability as well as measurement,…