Aden Forteau was born in Grenada in a village known a Paradise in the Parish of St. Andrew’s. He studied General Forestry up to the diploma level at the Eastern Caribbean Institute for Agriculture and Forestry (ECIAF) in Trinidad and Tobago. He also has a BSc degree in General Forestry from Bangor University, United Kingdom.

Mr. Forteau worked with the Forestry and National Parks Department in Grenada for over thirty years, the last seven of which he served in the capacity of Chief Forestry Officer (CFO). He has also worked with the Nature Conservancy (TNC) for three years as the Seascape and Community Coordinator for the Grenadine Bank Seascape Project under the Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Programme (CMBP). He currently serves as the Technical Coordinator (TC) for the Climate Smart Agriculture and Rural Enterprise Programme (SAEP) in Grenada.

Mr. Forteau’s  past and present job experiences all encompass planning, budgeting, reporting, reviewing documents and collaborating with Government Departments/Officials, NGO’s, schools, farmers, fisherfolk, communities and other key stakeholders, particularly for biodiversity conservation and opportunities for community livelihoods through the sustainable use of forest and marine resources. He also has considerable experience conducting assessments for mangroves and dry-land forest ecosystems as well as preparing management plans for watersheds, strategic plans and operations and maintenance manuals for parks and protected areas.

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