Dr Rosemarin has a multidisciplinary environmental and natural resources background with a speciality in disaster risk reduction, sustainable sanitation and water resources management, food security and phosphorus limitation, limnology and aquatic toxicology. Arno chaired PEDRR during the period autumn 2012 to summer 2013.
He is involved in several United Nations and international projects and mechanisms concerning disaster risk reduction. Total of more than 18 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of environmental sciences, 12 of which on the international platform on issues of development in developing and developed countries with focus on natural resources management (water and environment) and disaster risk reduction. Ten years working at an International Organization (UNESCO), eight years of experience in the field of bioremediation of hazardous chemicals and three years in municipal water and wastewater purification. Experience includes representing UNESCO’s Natural Science sector at Windhoek Cluster Office, at Addis Ababa Liaison Office, university lecturing, the design and execution of innovative bench-scale treatment systems and mathematical model developments for further scale-up purposes as well as in-situ testing for verification.
Fabrice has been with UNU-EHS since September 2004 and heads the Environmental Vulnerability and Ecosystem Services Section. He served as Director ad interim of the Institute from August 2009 to May 2011. At UNU-EHS, he is responsible for carrying out research on and developing concepts and projects dealing with the environmental dimension of vulnerability, with the resilience of social-ecological systems to external shocks, with water pollution and human and ecosystem exposure to such pollution, and land degradation processes particularly in the context of climate change. He supervises MSc and PhD scholars and is involved in capacity development activities both in academia and in training seminars and workshops. He is the lead editor of the PEDRR book entitle “the role of ecosystems in disaster risk reduction” published by UNU-Press. For the period 2013-2015, Fabrice will be based in Jakarta, Indonesia where he will work, among other things, on the subject of ecosystems and DRR.
Ioana’s areas of expertise include disaster risk reduction, including preparedness for response; climate risk management; governance and mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction into development planning. Ioana has carried out a national capacity assessments and contributed to the development of National Plans of Action for DRR in several countries, most notably in Africa and Europe and the CIS; and has designed and facilitated a number of national and regional training workshops worldwide. Ioana holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Geneva and is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Programme of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.
He acquired his master’s degree of Development Economy at the University of Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle. Mr. Torres has been deeply involved in Disaster Risk Reduction activities in UNESCO since September 2006. He has been working in the International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC) and in the Cross Cutting Thematic Unit for Disaster Risk Reduction. He was been involved in activities concerning School Safety and promotion of Scientific Cooperation for Disaster Risk Reduction. He has playing an active participation in the design and implementation of the International Platform for Reducing Earthquake Disaster (IPRED) and in the the Global Task Force on Building Codes.
The GFMC wildland fire documentation, information and monitoring system generates regularly updated national to global wildland fire information and data through a worldwide network of cooperating institutions, including processing centers of spaceborne remote sensing data. GFMC provides support to nations and international bodies to develop fire management policies and implementation strategies. The GFMC is serving as an advisory body to the UN system through the coordination of the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group, including its Fire Aviation Working Group, and the UNISDR Global Wildland Fire Network. The GFMC is also offering liaison capabilities for providing assistance for rapid assessment and decision support in response to wildland fire emergencies under cooperative agreements with the Joint Environment Unit of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). GFMC has contributed to develop regional dialogues and cooperation in the regions of the Council of Europe, the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) or the Central American Commission for Development (CCAD). Since 2014 the GFMC is serving as secretariat of the International Wildfire Preparedness Mechanism (IWPM).
She is now working as an independent researcher and consultant, assisting PEDRR partners with a number of projects: coordinating MSc curriculum “Environment, Disasters and Risk Reduction” with an international consortium of universities; drafting a special publication for Council of Europe, “Ecosystem Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction: basic concepts, with a special focus to Europe”; Conducting PEDRR training workshops on “Ecosystems and disaster risk reduction” and drafting numerous scientific papers, as well as a PEDRR book “Ecosystems for DRR, Challenges and Opportunities” (title TBD) in collaboration with UNEP and UNU-EHS, to be published by UNU Press.
At UNESCO, she develops and executes activities concerning the study of natural hazards and mitigation of their effects. With specific focus on geohazards, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides, she builds partnerships and collaborates with organizations, scientific communities and disaster risk reduction actors concerned with disaster preparedness and prevention. She also cooperate with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) system family in designing, implementing and evaluating initiatives with respect to the promotion of knowledge and education and policy support for disaster risk reduction as well as safety of schools from disasters.
In 2008, following the devastating earthquake in Sichuan, China, Muralee coordinated a series of training and capacity building events for national officials on disaster waste management. In 2010, Muralee was deployed to Haiti to help deal with the massive volumes of disaster debris generated by another major earthquake, and the associated collapse of waste management infrastructure and systems. He has led UNEP’s International Expert Team to Japan to coincide with the first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2012, and visited tsunami-impacted areas in May 2011.
Muralee holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He is an Alumni of the United Nations University and a Beahers fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.
He leads a team of Environmental Data Scientists to quantify the effects of Global Change (environmental degradations, climate change) on population vulnerability and impacts on ecosystems. He designed the several methodologies for quantifying the role of ecosystems in reducing disaster risk and for climate change adaptation. Between 2007 and 2009 he worked for UNISDR where he was the coordinator of the Global Risk Analysis for the 2009 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction and was one of the Lead Author of the IPCC report on extreme events (SREX). He is the author of various scientific publications and provided numerous conferences to governments and the general public to raise awareness on the consequences of human impacts on the environment.
Patricia has a Master of Art in Geography and Environment, Bachelor in English , and a Certificate in Geographic Information System (2008). She is knowledgeable in: Mitigation to Climate Change, tools and methodology to assess Carbon footprint of projects/programmes for Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use Change (AFOLU) sectors, Voluntary and mandatory Carbon Markets (CDM), REDD+; Adaptation to Climate Change (financing mechanisms, NAPAs, DRR and Food Security,); Natural Resource and Sustainable Land Management with particular focus on AFOLU sectors.
Mr Issar has previosu experience as a Resilience, DRR and Adaptation Officer in UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team for Climate Summit, a Regional Team Manager for climate risk management in the Himalayan region, and a Additional Private Secretary with the Government of India.
His specialties include: Disaster/climate risk assessment and management — climate-conflict-development-interface–Public-Private-Partnerships–Urban Resilience — Internal Security and peace building — Parliamentary and constitutional frameworks
David joined the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, based in Montreal, in August 2003, where he now leads the work on biodiversity and water, food and energy. His main interest is opportunities for biodiversity (ecosystem services) to contribute to improved human well-being including as related to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. David has authored or co-authored in the region of 150 scholarly articles on a wide range of topics including recently on Natural Infrastructure Solutions for Water Security (2012), on Water, Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services (2012), and is co-author of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands (2013).
Kathy is an innovative leader in the business of energy and the environment with a proven record of effective strategies. Inspirational team builder with a natural energy and high-level emotional intelligence. Dynamic strength enhanced by trusted relationships across cultures, geography, industries and disciplines. Broad experience with sustainability, environment, risk management and energy and all aspects of climate change in the context of the global economy.
Prof. Fabrice Renaud has a background in agronomy with an emphasis on environmental pollution by agrochemicals, in particular pesticides. Prior to joining the University of Glasgow in 2018, he worked for over 13 years at the United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, Germany where he was the Head of the Environmental Vulnerability and Ecosystem Services section.
Prof. Renaud currently works on the H2020 project OPERANDUM project which focuses on Nature-based Solutions to reduce hydrometeorological risks in Europe; the Living Deltas Hub project which addresses the sustainability of deltas in Bangladesh, India and Vietnam; and leads the project “River basins as ‘living laboratories’ for achieving sustainable development goals across national and sub-national scales” which focuses on synergies and trade-offs between SDGs.
Prior to joining UNU-EHS, Dr. Zita Sebesvari worked on environmental monitoring and remediation projects in the Institute for Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany as well as on chemical and microbial signalling processes in the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment in Oldenburg.
Dr. Sebesvari gained more than seven years of fieldwork experience in Vietnam in the frame of the German-Vietnamese WISDOM. She was involved in the IWQGES project which aims to develop International Water Quality Guidelines for Ecosystems on behalf of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). Currently she executes UNU-EHS’ activities for the Belmont Forum and DFG funded DELTAS project aiming to develop a global delta vulnerability index (GDVI) with case studies in Vietnam, Bangladesh and Brazil and the German-Vietnamese DeltAdapt project aiming to find sustainable solutions for agricultural adaptation to salinity intrusion in delta systems.
In recent years together with partners he developed various large scale initiatives that work towards increased recognition of the importance of wetlands in reducing hazards and their impacts: Partners for Resilience for example is a 36 million euro risk reduction programme that aims to enhance resilience for more than 400.000 people in 9 countries by bringing together approaches from the environment, development and humanitarian sectors. Within the Building with Nature innovation programme Pieter works with the engineering sector to develop new approaches towards coastal protection where infrastructure and ecosystem-based approaches are combined. He has worked in a variety of ecosystems in more than 20 countries, focusing on mangroves, peatlands and river systems.
Pieter holds a MSc degree from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, specializing in tropical ecology and international nature conservation.
Since August 2010 Pieter serves in the board of the Transpetrol foundation. As a volunteer he is engaged in breeding bird surveys, migration counts and bird ringing schemes, within and outside the Netherlands.
Marie-José received her MSc in Social Sciences with specialism ‘Development Studies’ from the Third World Centre, Nijmegen University in 1985. She has taken several post-doc environmental and ‘Management of not-for-profit organisations’ courses.
She has worked for many years in the environmental sector, as a consultant, project manager and program coordinator, to mobilize resources, deliver trainings & facilitate capacity building, support policy & advocacy campaigns and coordinate programs on ecosystem restoration and management. Building local capacities and creating multi stakeholder environments to enhance linkages between nature conservation and poverty reduction is key in her work.
Between 1992 – 2000, Marie-José worked with Both ENDS (Environment and Development service for NGOs) as Coordinator of the Asia programme and the last few years as director ai.
Anita is an environmental advisor and trainer integrating the environment in to disaster management and climate change adaptation. Experience working in partnership with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, United Nations, World Bank, The Sphere Project, NGOs and the private sector.
Her specialties include: Humanitarian operational partnerships; design, development and implementation of environmentally responsible disaster management programming, policy, training and capacity building; climate change adaption and disaster risk reduction policy and practice; marine and coastal natural resource management and livelihoods; non-profit institutional development, management and training.
She has work experience in: Bahamas, Belize, Chile, China, Haiti, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Sri Lanka, Thailand, USA, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands.
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