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Juliane Zeidler (PhD)

Juliane Zeidler is a co-founder of IECN and sole member. Her work is guided by her conviction that progress in environment and development work can only be achieved through overcoming capacity bottlenecks at the implementation levels. She has been working in the fields of environment and development for the past 15 years and is well-known in Namibia and internationally for her expertise in biodiversity research, natural resources management, community development, environmental politics and sustainable development.

Juliane coordinated the implementation of the research, outreach and capacity building components of Namibia's National Programme to Combat Desertification and the National Biodiversity Programme. She was instrumental in the drafting and final compilation of Namibia?s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, which is internationally/widely recognised as one of the world's most innovative.

From 2002 until mid-2004 she was the programme officer for Dry and Sub-humid Lands at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), based in Montréal, Canada. In this capacity, she provided and coordinated scientific advice to the ongoing negotiation process of this and other work programmes of the Convention.

The international and local experience that Juliane brings to IECN is extremely useful to the companies operations. These range from working with rural communities and farmers in southern Africa on sustainable natural resources and land management, identifying local solutions, to implementing national policies, and to the negotiation and facilitation of international environmental regimes.

Juliane read for a PhD at the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. As the author of an array of publications dealing with scientific, policy orientation and outreach, she has an established track record and portfolio. She has published her original research work; she has co-authored a number of papers on natural resources management issues pertaining to Namibia, as well as publications on the work of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Recently she served as a co-author of the drylands-related sections of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a global work program of the scientific and policy community at designed to document the state of our environment and the links between ecosystem change and human well-being.