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Since 2007

Forest and Climate Campaigner, Sierra Club British Columbia

  • Implemented the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements, negotiating with the provincial government of British Columbia, First Nations, logging companies and other environmental organizations, securing conservation of over 2 million hectares of coastal temperate rainforest
  • Developed state of the forest reports for coastal British Columbia, including analysis of carbon storage and carbon loss due to logging, ecological risk of species extirpation and recommendations for improved forest management and conservation priorities
  • Compiled full carbon footprint reports for the province of British Columbia including estimates of uncounted emissions from fossil fuel exports (coal, gas, oil pipelines) and from forest lands
  • Worked with the Clayoquot Sound Conservation Alliance seeking permanent protection of the remaining intact rainforest valleys on Vancouver Island

 

2006

Parental leave and free-lance journalist for major German newspapers
(articles in Berliner Zeitung, TAZ, Sueddeutsche etc.)

2002 - 2005 

 

Tropical Forest Campaigner, ROBIN WOOD, Germany

  • planned and implemented campaigns for forest conservation and indigenous land rights
  • negotiated purchase criteria with retail store chains
  • conducted research on pulp and paper industries in Indonesia
  • collaborated with national and international environmental organizations
  • coordinated German Call for Environmental and Social Standards for Paper

2001

One-year course Geographical Information Systems, 
Berlin Institute for Analysis and Environmental Research (BIFAU)

1998 - 2001

German Development Service (DED) and German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)

Consultant for land use planning in the Biosphere reserve Bosawas, Nicaragua,
Established municipal planning office, trained personnel, instructed participative land use planning process with multi-ethnic (mestizo and indigenous) communities in the largest remaining tropical rainforest in Central America

Established a municipal partnership between Varel and Bonanza, Nicaragua

1993 – 1997

Ökoplan, environmental planning office, Berlin
Assisted
in environmental impact assessments of road and mining projects, municipal and district land use plans


Publications:
Reports (selection)


A selection of articles in Canadian and German newspapers, opinion-editorials, interviews and presentation can be found here  

Education:


1990 - 1996

 

Diplom Ingenieur (certified degreed engineer), Landschaftsplanung (Landscape/Environmental Planning), Technische Universität, Berlin

Courses in Ecology, Planning Methods, Regional Development, Environmental Policies, Waste Management

Thesis: Environmental Management of Gold Mining in Nicaragua


Internship (5th semester)
Colegio Verde de Villa de Leyva, NGO, Colombia

Languages:

German, English and Spanish