Former Director of the Forestry Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 


Mette is a forester and environmental manager. She has over 35 years of experience providing scientific evidence and policy advice to governments, partner organizations and international conventions on issues related to the environment and development nexus with a focus on the sustainable management of forests and other natural resources. She commenced her career in Africa and Asia before taking up a position with the Headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy in 1998. She held several different positions in FAO over the next 16 years. From 2014 to 2018 she was Director of the Ecosystems Division in UNEP. She then returned to FAO and became Director of the Forestry Division in 2019. In this role she led the forestry programme of FAO and co-led the planning and early implementation of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Mette retired at the end of 2021 and currently enjoys life as a forester and small-scale farmer in Umbria, Italy. 

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