Gilles Kleitz

Director for Natural Resources, Agriculture, Water, Forests and Oceans at AFD

2 published articles

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Gilles KLEITZ (PhD) has been working for thirty years on the links between biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. He has conducted policies and projects in different countries, including France, for the public service, research institutions, non governmental organizations and at Agence Française de Développement. He has been advisor to several ministers, in the field of environment as well as overseas development aid. He has participated in several international negotiations. He served as superintendent of the French Guyana National Park. Gilles KLEITZ is a Senior Civil Engineer, MSc (Agronomy) and holds a doctorate in Development sciences from IDS/Sussex University. He was made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. He is presently director for Natural Resources, Agriculture, Water, Forests and Oceans at the Agence Française de Développement.

ID4D Articles


10 years to invest in sustainable development

As the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals represent a serious emergency, ID4D presents to you this cross-cutting scientific booklet that gathers the voices of 11 experts in development on various topics, from water to governance through biodiversity, inequalities or entrepreneurship.


“Biodiversity is Our Life Insurance”

Biodiversity continues to decline, and conservation efforts are not equal to the challenges. According to Gilles Kleitz, biodiversity conservation has a part to play in the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).


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