Michael Stocking

Prof. Michael Stocking is Emeritus Professor of Natural Resources Development, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK. Formerly Vice-Chair of STAP and Panel Member for Land Degradation, Prof. Stocking remains a STAP Consultant. Prof. Stocking also works for the Overseas Development Group on a number of projects for various agencies, including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (Rome), the United Nations University (Tokyo) and the Swiss National Science Foundation.His professional interests are in the conservation and management of renewable natural resources (such as soil, vegetation, water and land) in developing countries. He developed a new strategy on ‘land degradation’ and ‘sustainable land management’ for the Global Environment Facility. Related projects include indicators and assessment techniques for land degradation, and developing a ‘carbon tracking tool’ for natural resource projects. Prof. Stocking’s current and recent external appointments are:

  • Vice-Chair and Panel Member, Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel, Global Environment Facility, 2006-2009. Responsible for scientific oversight of GEF’s focal area of ‘land degradation’ and Operational program 15 ‘sustainable land management’
  • Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee to CIAT (Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical), Cali, Colombia and the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute, Nairobi, Kenya (2003-2007)
  • Chair, Programme Advisory Committee, Conservation and Sustainable Management of Below-Ground Biodiversity, TSBF-CIAT project for UNEP-GEF, 2003-2009
  • Senior Programme Advisor for Land Management to the United Nations University, Tokyo (2003-2007)
  • Member, International Scientific Advisory Board, Swiss National Science Foundation, Berne – Research Partnerships in International Co-operation (2003-2012)
  • Member, Steering Committee, Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands, for FAO, Rome (2004-2010)
  • Member, Steering Committee, Sustainable Land Management in the High Pamir and Pamir-Alai Mountains, for UNU, Tokyo (2005-2009)
  • Natural Resources Adviser, Hillsides Production Systems (Bolivia, Nepal, Uganda), for the UK Department for International Development (1999-2006)
Adviser to STAP Chair
January, 2011