David Smith is an economist in the Ecosystems Division in UN Environment. He is the manager of the UN Development Programme-UN Environment Poverty and Environment Initiative Africa programme.
The UNDP-UN Environment Poverty and Environment Initiative focuses on supporting governments to integrate sustainable environmental and natural resources (ENR) management into national and sector development planning and budgeting processes. The rationale for this is that unsustainable ENR use over time reduces the social and economic benefits generated for people. Thus, the achievement of development objectives such as povertry reduction and food security is assisted, over time, if ENR are used sustainably.
He is an economist with postgraduate qualifications in agricultural, ENR and development economics from Massey University in New Zealand.