Michael Poesi

Papua New Guinea Facilitator

A Forester with Post Graduate Degree in Environmental Science (2003) and Masters in Forestry Science from the Australian National University in 2004. Mr. Poesi has a long experience of 26 years in forestry research, conservation and expertise in forestry business and environment. His 15 years in research career has enabled him to publish some research papers in the national and international journals as in the Journals of Forestry Sciences and Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR) websites.

During his recent years as Forestry Officer – Biodiversity from April 2016 to April 2017 and then National Forest Coordinator from April 2017 to March 2019 with the EU and UN FAO funded multipurpose National Forestry Inventory Project, he wrote several communications, reports and editor of two multipurpose NFI research conference proceedings that are available on the UN FAO website.

Prior to that Mr. Poesi held the position of Senior Forestry Officer and then elevated to the position of Program Manager Forestry when employed by the PNG Sustainable Development Program Ltd from September 2007 to September 2013. During that time, he was responsible for the development of sustainable economic investments in forestry with particular focus on PNG’s Western Province. Most projects relate to 100% downstream processing of natural forests, development of commercial plantation on grasslands and degraded forest areas for multiple end-uses and development of non-timber species such as agarwood (algum, aloe) as a source of incoming generating opportunities for PNG’s rural communities. Others include sustainable management of community programs aimed at improving the livelihoods of the poor rural communities in Western province.

In his earlier career span from March 1994 to September 2007, Mr. Poesi was coordinator and principal research scientist to several ACIAR projects. In collaboration with the CSIRO Australian Seed Centre and PNG colleagues, they developed several improved germplasm of important plantation species for commercial plantation programs in PNG. With that experience, he was an awardee of ACIAR’s John Allwrights Fellow in 2003 and John Dillon Fellowship in 2007. This opportunity to study abroad broadens his (personal and professional) capacity, knowledge in team building, project management, forestry and environment. He is familiar with environmental management, pollutions, deforestation, degradation, climate change, ecosystems or biodiversity conservation etc. From time to time, ACIAR continues to seek his services as an external reviewer of its forestry programs in PNG.

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