Graciela Metternicht

Panel Member on Land Degradation


Professor Graciela Metternicht is an environmental geographer who works at the interface of science and policy for sustainable development. With over two decades of experience in applied research, training and as an adviser on environmental management, her skills range from development of tools and approaches to map and monitor land degradation processes and for land use change, to operationalization of socioecological frameworks for sustainable land management.

Prof. Metternicht has been instrumental in the development of the Conceptual Framework for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN), implemented in 122 countries and central to the UN Sustainable Development Goal of Life on Land. Her working experience spans over five continents, in countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ecuador, Belize, Guyana, Mexico, Honduras), South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Japan, and Australia.

Born in Argentina, Prof. Metternicht is a graduate from Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Sante Fe) and holds a PhD (Geography) from the University of Ghent (Belgium).

You may review Dr. Metternicht's shortened CV here.

Graciela Metternicht