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Dina Naguib joins the PLUS Change project as a data land governance consultant from the Land Portal Foundation, specialising in the MENA region.

With over 20 years of experience in urban planning, I specialise in providing technical assistance and capacity building in land governance at various levels. My expertise includes developing and enhancing development strategies across MENA region including conflict areas, especially pro-poor, gender-responsive approaches related to sustainable tools and in alignment with international policy frameworks and guidelines. I also have a strong commitment to supporting land administration and addressing climate change and emerging needs and challenges.

What community or organisation are you representing in the project?

The Research community comprises a diverse group of experts dedicated to addressing land-related issues. The community focuses on understanding the complex interactions between land use, biodiversity, climate change, and social equity. This includes assessing sustainable land management practices, addressing the historical and future impacts of land use change, and engaging with various stakeholders to ensure inclusive knowledge sharing. 

What motivated you to apply to become an ambassador?

 This unique opportunity is a perfect chance to contribute to knowledge production and policy development related to land use dynamics. It would allow me to explore historical processes of change, governance impacts, and socio-cultural influences to uncover insights that inform future land use strategies. 

How does your work correspond with PLUS Change?

As an ambassador for the Plus Change project, my role is closely aligned with my position as a land governance researcher focusing on knowledge production in the MENA region. Both roles revolve around contributing to the understanding and shaping of land governance dynamics, policies and practices in the region. As a researcher, I generate valuable insights through empirical studies, data analysis, and theoretical frameworks, thereby contributing to knowledge production in the field of land governance. 

What are you looking forward to in the coming years?

I look forward to actively participating in collaborative, transdisciplinary efforts to develop innovative, evidence-based land use strategies. I also look forward to Translating high-impact research findings into actionable recommendations by participating in project activities and discussions with group members to promote biodiversity conservation, climate resilience, and social equity.