Tangu Tumeo is a forester by profession. As a growing Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) expert, Tangu has come to appreciate the importance of managing trees and forests as part of an ecosystem for increased and multiple benefits to communities. She has 13 years’ experience working with government in the Department of Forestry coordinating projects on sustainable forest management and nexus between energy and environment.
In her role as Malawi’s Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) Focal Point, she facilitated the national Forest Landscape Restoration opportunities assessment and implementation strategy development in 2017. Together with technical partners, she facilitated the development of a Forest Landscape Restoration monitoring framework in 2018. Currently, she is a senior programme officer for IUCN supporting the Ministry of Forestry and Natural Resources together with other government agencies integrate the landscape restoration and implementation of the National Charcoal Strategy into government planning, project development and implementation.
Since 2016, she has been representing Malawi at international conferences where she has shared the progress Malawi is making towards achieving the 4.5 million hectares for restoration and land degradation neutrality. She has also managed to lobby for funding to initiate implementation of the National Forest Landscape Restoration Strategy both locally and internationally.