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Reiner is the Senior Forest Researcher and Campaigner at Global Witness, and is internationally regarded as one of the most experienced field managers of independent forest monitoring (IFM) projects. He has over 25 years experience in West, East and Central Africa, South East Asia, Melanesia and Central and South America. The focus of his work over the last decade is on securing rights and benefits of the rural poor in land use and building good governance in the forest sector.
As In-country Project Manager of the Independent Forest Monitoring (IFM) project in Cameroon, he guided the project beyond forest crime reporting and towards support for establishing efficient law enforcement procedures and has used this experience to set up schemes in Honduras, Nicaragua.and gained international recognition for a pioneering project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and with networks in Indonesia and Liberia.
Reiner has carried out investigations into the impact of industrial-scale logging upon forest ecosystems, local economies and the livelihoods of communities and indigenous people affected by logging operations in their ancestral forests, in Cameroon, the DRC, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and Sarawak (Malaysia).
Currently his work is focusing on the different forms of forest destruction in the DRC and state-sanctioned, illegal land grabbing for logging and forest conversion for agribusiness purposes in Papua New Guinea.
Reiner will show how the, often risky, work at Global Witness has exposed the scale of de-forestation and the multinational interests behind it and how his innovative project work with local communities is beginning to demonstrate long lasting solutions.