Nana Darko Cobbina
Licensed assessor since 30 April 2015
4 Satisfactory Reports. 1 at first submission. 3 at resubmission. 1 report under review. Qualified to lead HCV and HCV-HCSA assessments.
Biography Nana Darko is a Principal Project Manager at Proforest where he provides practical support to forestry and agricultural commodity producers to understand, implement and monitor social and environmental best-practice requirements. He currently leads on projects and consultancy work. He has a background in biodiversity conservation, forest management and community development and previously worked at Care International and Friends of the Earth, where he led several conservation and community development projects.
Nana has undertaken several HCV assessments in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cameroon, Uganda and Nigeria for several palm oil companies aiming to achieve RSPO certification. As an FSC and RSPO Lead Auditor, he has evaluated HCV management and monitoring as part of over twenty-five forest management assessments he carried out since 2007. Nana was a member of the technical team that carried out the Ghana National Interpretation of the HCV Toolkit in 2006 and coordinates advanced HCV training and mentoring for practitioners in the West and Central Africa Region under the Africa Practitioners' Network.
Skills Mammals, Botany, Forest ecology, Forestry, Landscape ecology, Biodiversity conservation, Ecosystem services
Anthropology, Stakeholder consultation, Development studies, Livelihoods, Community land use, Participatory rural appraisal, Participatory mapping, Socio-economic survey methods, FPIC processes
GIS, Remote sensing
Thematic scope Land use planning, Habitat management/restoration, Protected areas, Environmental and social impact assessments
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Sustainable Agriculture Network, Rainforest Alliance, Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels, Marine Stewardship Council, IFC Performance Standards, World Bank
Timber and wood-based products, Pulp and paper, Oil palm, Rubber, Sugar, Biomaterials (e.g. biofuel)
Geographic Sub-Saharan Africa
Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda
English (Very good working proficiency)
French (Limited working proficiency)
Akan (Native or bilingual proficiency)