Peter Umunay

Peter Umunay is a Senior Environmental Specialist at the GEF. Peter leads the food systems area of work and supports the GEF’s mandate to generate global environmental benefits under the biodiversity, climate change, and land degradation focal areas.

He has over 15 years of work experience with international organizations: Wildlife Conservation Society, The Forests Dialogue, UNEP-WCMC, UNEP, Winrock International; academic and research institutions: Yale University, ForestGeo of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute; and governments.

Dr. Umunay’s work has been mostly interdisciplinary, with an interest in nature-based solutions to climate change, land degradation, and biodiversity conservation from technical expertise using granular and empirical data to understand ecological patterns and social dynamics, while promoting policies that support green economic development pathways and peoples’ livelihoods. His areas of focus include sustainable forest management, REDD+ and carbon accounting, food systems and sustainable commodity/crops production, land use finance, and forest restoration. He calls himself an “applied scientist,” willing to bridge the gap between landscape-level information and the development of informed policy and governance systems.

Dr. Umunay has over 30 scientific publications and works in collaboration with scientists across the world in the areas of the forest-climate nexus. He holds a BSc from Kisangani University (DRC), and MSc and PhD from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Peter Umunay

Board of Directors

The Advisory Board oversees ART’s implementation in accordance with the evolving UNFCCC processes and guarantees good governance, transparent rules, and processes that assure quality and adequate safeguards. ART Advisory Board members have all agreed to the ART Board Charter and the ART Ethical Standard. Advisory Board members serve in their personal capacities, not as representatives of their organizations or of particular stakeholder groups.

ART Advisory Board Meeting Minutes are available to the public.


The ART Secretariat, hosted by Winrock International, is responsible for the operation of the ART program, including the development of The REDD+ Environmental Excellence Standard (TREES) and overseeing the registration, verification and issuance of Board-approved TREES Credits on the ART registry.