Programme Officer, Global Forest and Climate Change Programme
International Union for Conservation of Nature
Craig Beatty is a Programme Officer for the IUCN Global Forest and Climate Change Programme in Washington D.C. where he has helped operationalize the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology in over 2 dozen countries since its inception in 2014. His work includes facilitating the transfer of knowledge, tools, and capacity on the components of forest landscape restoration assessments and especially focuses on geographic analysis of landscape degradation and restoration priorities, especially regarding biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Over the past three years, Craig has worked with the Natural Capital Project to develop the Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool, a decision-support tool that enables stakeholders to optimize their investments in restoration to the benefit of multiple ecosystem services for varied beneficiaries. Craig earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of South Florida, and a Master of Science Degree and Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science & Policy and Geographic Information Science from George Mason University.