Janet Nackoney

Land and Resource Governance Fellow
USAID E3/Land

Janet Nackoney provides technical support and direction to E3/Land’s land and resources governance projects. She specializes in applying geospatial technology and analysis to benefit information development around land use and governance, including community-based natural resource management, participatory mapping, and land use planning. Janet’s other focus areas include tropical forest monitoring, ecological conservation, food and livelihood security, and capacity building around the use of geospatial data and tools.

Educational Background

Dr. Nackoney holds both a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree from the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s degree from the Department of Geography at Indiana University – Bloomington.

Regional Experience

Dr. Nackoney has extensive experience working in sub-Saharan African countries, with particular focus on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Tanzania, and Kenya.

Previous Experience

Dr. Nackoney has 20 years of experience as a geographer applying GIS and remote sensing technologies to benefit land use planning, ecological conservation, food security, and information development in Africa. She is passionate about land governance, land tenure, and promoting equitable property rights worldwide. Dr. Nackoney’s prior research at the University of Maryland (UMD) focused on building capacity for participatory mapping and forest zoning with local communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), simulating scenario-based models of agricultural expansion and deforestation, and developing data, approaches and tools to benefit biological conservation and food security in African countries. Prior to UMD, she worked at the World Resources Institute (WRI) on ecosystem services mapping in Kenya and at the University of Georgia on land cover change mapping. She currently serves as President of the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) and is on the board for Congo Education Partners, which assists a small rural college in northern DRC.

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