Mikhail Fernandes

Mikhail Fernandes is an environmental advocate who holds an MSc in Local Development. 

Mikhail is currently based at UNEP’s Disasters and Conflicts Programme, supporting the promotion and implementation of Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) for the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR). 

He began his environmental work researching indigenous environmental practices while leading community-based forest conservation initiatives in Southern India, then moved to the United States, where Mikhail supported native prairie restoration projects, and the expansion of farm-to-fork initiatives in rural Indiana. As part of his peacebuilding and outreach work, Mikhail has advocated for utilizing education as a tool for empowering marginalized youth populations across gang-inflected communities, especially in South Africa. Mikhail has also supported the development and implementation of permaculture practices in Ubud, Indonesia.