Prince Baraka is WRI’s Forest Policy and Community Forestry Advisor. He works closely with governmental agencies and local partners to strengthen enabling environment for the implementation of community forestry in DRC. In his previous roles at WRI, he supported and supervised the development of various tools for the implementation of community forestry in the DRC, notably the operational guide for the elaboration of simple management plans for local community forest concessions. He also contributed to the development of the provincial forest landscape restoration strategy in South Kivu, DRC.

Prior to joining World Resources Institute, Prince has worked as a research analyst assistant at Laval University, in the Co-management of Natural Resources in the Congo Basin project. He also worked with the Biodiversity and Forestry Program of the German Cooperation (GIZ), as an Expert in Sustainable Forest Management in Kinshasa. He has been involved in the elaboration of the DRC’s Water, Forest, and Biodiversity related National Program. As a GIZ employee, he has leaded the multidisciplinary and prospective study, which aimed to offer a basis for drawing up a national spatial planning scheme. Before leaving the GIZ team, Prince became responsible for the Sustainable Forest Management component in the Maniema office, where he supported the development of various tools and strategies to guide the implementation of a community-based forest management model, in a multi-stakeholder process. Prince has also worked with Oxfam Quebec as an environmental specialist in the project to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. He conducted the diagnostic study and made recommendations to the African Model Forest Network for the establishment of a model forest in the Lake Tumba landscape in Equateur Province.

Prince Baraka received his Ph.D. in Forestry and Geography from Laval University, Canada. Her dissertation, which focused on community forestry, is entitled: ""Local Community Forest Concessions: Social Acceptability and Issues for Sustainable Forest Management in the DRC. He also holds a master's degree in Agroforestry and Optimization of Ecosystem Services from Laval University, and a forestry engineering degree from the University of Kinshasa. He has a good understanding of social and institutional issues both in the DRC and Congo Basin Natural Resources Management. He also has a certificate in value chains development. He enjoys traveling.