Profile: Pushpam Kumar
Chief, Ecosystem Services Economics Unit
Dr. Pushpam Kumar is Chief, Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, Division of Environment Programme Implementation (UNEP) where he works on mainstreaming of natural capital including ecosystem services into development policy. Currently, provides leadership to a number of initiatives. He leads the Proecoserv project supported by Global Environment Fund (GEF), coordinates Inclusive Wealth Report, leads Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Partnerships Assessment and Valuation of Land Degradation and Co-Chairs the Policy and Technical Expert Committee (PTEC) of the World Bank-led Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES).
Dr. Kumar holds a Ph. D in Environmental Economics and is Honorary Research Scientist at the Earth Institute of Columbia University in New York . He is member of UNEP Steering Committee for New Enquiry on Greening the Financial Systems, member of the UN Committee of Experts on Environmental Accounts (UNCEEA) New York, Advisory Board member of the Gulbenkia Ocean Initiative (Lisbon) and is closely involved in designing and conceptualisation of UNEPs Green Economy 2.. Dr Kumar is a key member of the Steering Group from UNEP side contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process.
NoteStreams By Pushpam Kumar
Every year on April 22nd, over a billion people across the globe acknowledge Earth Day, voicing their concerns for the planet and taking action to protect it. In the following article, Dr Pushpam Kumar discusses how economic valuation and the subsequent design of innovative response tools, such as payment for ecosystem services (PES), has the potential to increase transparency in policies designed and implemented to manage ecosystem services across time and space.