Abdelkader manages landscape approaches and drylands activities as well as the implementation of the resolutions of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) on Sustainable pastoralism and soil pollution.
His previous experience spans many countries in West Africa (Senegal, Mali, Guinea Conakry, The Gambia, Mauritania, Cabo Verde) and the Middle East. He is UNEP’s focal point for the Collaborative Partnership for Forests (CPF), African Restoration Initiative (AFR100), International Land Coalition (ILC) and the Global Partnership for Forests Restoration (GPFLR). Abdelkader has more than 25 years’ experience leading and advising on biodiversity conservation, protected areas management, forests conservations and rangeland management. Before joining UN Environment, he served with UNOPS, UNDP, World Bank and NGOs. He speaks Arabic, French, English, Italian and Portuguese.