Climate

The land use sector is crucial for effectively addressing climate change – mitigation and adaptation. No other sector holds more potential for synergies between different environmental and development objectives. We at UNIQUE help addressing climate change through responsible forest and land management for more than ten years. The core of our work lies in the development and implementation of innovative and economically viable land use solutions for agreed policy objectives and approaches – in particular in the context of REDD+, Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR), deforestation-free supply chains and ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA). Our ambition is to create suitable conditions for forest and agricultural land uses that support sustainable development and to upscale proven climate-smart forestry and agricultural production systems. To achieve this, we develop innovative methods, management and financing approaches, and demonstrate their feasibility on the ground.

Our services

Business development and climate finance

  • Feasibility studies for climate-smart investments
  • Development of sustainable business models
  • Structuring climate-smart land use investments (e.g. Green Climate Fund or private funds)

Monitoring, MRV and Management Information Systems

  • Land use production and ecosystem service monitoring - from project to landscape level
  • Development of dynamic Management Information Systems and customized field data applications
  • AFOLU methodology & project development (CDM, VCS, CCBS, Gold Standard)

Policy and governance

  • Policy development and implementation support (e.g. REDD+, Forest Landscape Restoration, PES)
  • Policy analyses and policy impact assessments
  • Support and implementation of policy instruments

Division team

  • Lincoln Davis

    Lincoln Davis

    Master of Agricultural Economics, Bachelor of Resource Economics, Hons.

    Senior Consultant in the Climate Division

    Lincoln is an experienced agricultural economist having worked for an Australian consulting firm before joining UNIQUE in 2018. His experience includes economic modeling of sustainable land use, cost benefit analysis, labour market modelling, industry strategy development and policy analysis. Most of his work at UNIQUE is related to Forest Landscape Restoration and investments into sustainable business.

    Tel. +49 761 208 534 26
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  • Duncan Gromko

    Duncan Gromko

    MA International Relations and Economics

    Consultant in the Climate Division

    Duncan Gromko works on climate smart investment projects across different land use sectors. Among other work, he developed the Inter-American Development Bank´s (IBD) private sector Climate Smart Agriculture Fund and led the private sector component of IDB's Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Program. Further, he has substantial expertise on community development projects and REDD+ policy. Duncan Gromko has substantial experience in Latin America, Morocco and Kenya.

    Tel. +49 761 208 534 53
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  • Laura Kiff

    Laura Kiff

    MSc Environmental Governance

    Consultant in the Climate Division

    Laura Kiff works in the field of climate change and land use, with a focus on policy and environmental governance. She also works on the development and application of implementation mechanisms in the context of land use and land use change, including topics related to REDD+, Forest Landscape Restoration and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). Laura Kiff is involved in projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    Tel. +49 761 208 534 50
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  • Eduard Merger

    Eduard Merger

    MSc Forest Ecology and Management

    Senior Consultant in the Climate Division

    Eduard Merger has been working in the climate and land use sector for more than five years. His core competencies are economic analyses of investments in agriculture and forestry including feasibility studies, project development and certification standards for climate, agriculture and forest investment projects. Eduard Merger has extensive experiences in Central Asia and Africa.

    Tel. +49 761 208 534 26
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  • Till Pistorius

    Till Pistorius

    PhD and MSc in Forest Sciences

    Head of the Climate Division; Head of the Task Team Policy and Governance

    Till Pistorius is an internationally renowned climate and biodiversity policy expert. His work focuses on environmental governance of the land use sector, in particular on the design and implementation of REDD+ and Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR). He has been a member of the German delegations to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) since 2006.

    Tel. +49 761 208 534 38
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  • Maximilian Roth

    Maximilian Roth

    BSc International Forest Ecosystem Management

    Consultant of the Climate Division

    Maximilian Roth’smain competencies lie in REDD+, biodiversity conservation, coastal protection and mangrove management. He also has substantial working experience in forest inventories and management planning. Since 2010, he has worked mainly in Southeast Asia and West Africa. Maximilian Roth is currently based in Vietnam and represents UNIQUE in the Southeast Asian region.

    Tel. +84 971 522 38
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  • Benjamin Schwarz

    Benjamin Schwarz

    MSc Forest Sciences

    Consultant in the Climate Division

    Consultant in the Climate Division Benjamin Schwarz works in the team for monitoring / MRV for the NRM sector, REDD+, and related programs and projects. The focus of his work is modeling soil carbon and carbon fluxes. He has gained in-depth experience on carbon accounting of sustainable land use projects in West Africa, the South Pacific and Central Asia.

    Tel. +49 761 208 534 29
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  • Matthias Seebauer

    Matthias Seebauer

    MSc Forest Management

    Deputy Head of the Climate Division; Head of the Task Team Monitoring and MRV

    Matthias Seebauer is a leading international expert in the field of monitoring and MRV development. He has ten years of experience in the climate and land use sector in Africa and Asia. Furthermore, he has substantial working experience with forest inventories and the implementation of sustainable forest management in China.

    Tel. +49 761 208 534 28
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  • Katalin Solymosi

    Katalin Solymosi

    Katalin Solymosi

    PhD and MSc Forestry and Environmental Sciences

    Senior Consultant in the Climate Division

    Katalin Solymosi is an expert in the development and implementation of sustainable investments in forestry and agriculture. For the IDB, she managed the Climate-Smart Agriculture Fund for four years and advised investment teams in the areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation along agricultural value chains. Starting October 2017 Katalin represents UNIQUE in Berlin, Germany.

    Tel. +49 761 208534 -29
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  • Grit Techel

    Grit Techel

    MSc Forest Management

    Head of the regional office UNIQUE East Africa

    Grit Techel works on commercial forest plantation management and the development of timber and NTFP value chains, with a focus on Sub-Sahara Africa. She has substantial experiences in the participatory management of natural resources, involving smallholder farmers and communities, and the development of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. Grit Techel heads the UNIQUE branch office in East Africa.

    Tel. +49 761 208534-51
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  • Gilbert Wathum

    Gilbert Wathum

    MSc Tropical Forest Management

    Consultant in the regional office UNIQUE East Africa

    Gilbert Wathum has extensive knowledge in the areas of forest management and land use, based on his education in Germany, the U.K. and Uganda. He manages projects related to sustainable land use and REDD+, and also advises numerous businesses in Africa on topics including diligence, monitoring and economic evaluations. Before joining UNIQUE, Gilbert Wathum worked for two years in a large forestry enterprise in Uganda.

    Tel. +49 761 208 534 0
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Contact

Till Pistorius
Head of division
till.pistorius@unique-landuse.de
+49 761 208534-38

Matthias Seebauer
Deputy head of division
matthias.seebauer@unique-landuse.de
+49 761 208534-28

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