Ex-Director, United Nations Forum on Forests and ex-Senior Advisor and Negotiator for Forests, U.S. Department of State
Ms. McAlpine has over 25+ years of experience serving in global organizational and leadership posts, enabling change management and development processes at the United Nations Forum on Forests, the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the U.S. Department of State, the University of Michigan, and in multilateral not-for-profit and academic institutions.
She has initiated, supported and created tailored strategies and action programs for governments, international organizations and stakeholders, e.g., the Congo Basin Forest Partnership, launched by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, active more than 10 years later which has catalyzed more than a half a billion US$ of new funding.
Ms. McAlpine has been a key catalyst and facilitator for the enforcement of the rule of law: She conceived and facilitated, with Indonesia, the World Bank, the UK, other regional partners and NGO's the Ministerial on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance, held in Bali, Indonesia, September 11, 2001 and its subsequent historic Declaration. Attracted more than half a billion dollars of funding to address illegal logging and associated trade in forest products. Finally, she has actively led the transformation and program planning towards a landscape approach.
Working with the GPFLR partners, facilitated the partnership’s work on border-to-border landscape restoration in an initiative launched by Rwanda at the International Year of Forests in 2011 in the United Nations. This local and global partnership advocates scaling up land management approaches to focus on all activities and ecosystems within a landscape, including targeted natural resources such as forests, water, biodiversity, energy and livelihoods in a border to border landscape approach is a radical new integration of policy and practice, built on the model of China’s successful initiative in the Loess Plateau.