SNAPP TEAM:Midori Paxton
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Midori Paxton is a former journalist, humanitarian worker, and author who leads UNDP’s efforts to protect biodiversity and ecosystems in more than 130 countries. She also oversees a portfolio of biodiversity financing initiatives including the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN), The Lion’s Share, the UNDP support for the Task for Nature-Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD), among others. Previously, she worked as a Bangkok-based UNDP Regional Technical Adviser, the project coordinator for the Strengthening the Protected Area network project of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia, and programme officer in UNDP Namibia Country Office.

Prior to joining the UNDP in 2000, Midori began her career as a journalist for the Japan Times newspaper, focusing on environmental reporting. She worked with the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Somalia and on the Rwanda-Tanzania border coordinating work in a post-genocide refugee camp offering shelter to 80,000 people. After this experience, she became a freelance writer, traveling to 80 countries and meeting and writing about people at the frontlines of environmental work – from rhino conservation in Zimbabwe to gibbon conservation in Thailand.

Midori holds a master’s degree in Environment and Development from University of Cambridge and is the author of six books and hundreds of published photos and articles.

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