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Namibian conservationist heads world body

Dr. Juliane Zeidler, the newly elected Global Chair of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication

Dr. Juliane Zeidler, the newly elected Global Chair of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication

Dr. Juliane Zeidler, Director and Senior Consultant of the Integrated Environmental Consultants of Namibia (IECN) was recently elected as the new Global Chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Education and Communication at a congress held in South Korea.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature Commission on Education and Communication is a network driving change for sustainability.
Dr. Zeidler is the founding trustee of the associated Natuye, Institute for the Environment Trust, as well as of two educational trusts in Namibia, focusing on early childhood development and vocational training for the youth. Her work is guided by her conviction that progress in environmental and developmental work can only be achieved through overcoming capacity bottlenecks at implementation levels.
She has been working in the fields of environment and development for more than 20 years and is well-known in Namibia and internationally for her expertise in biodiversity research, climate change adaptation work especially at the community level, natural resources management, community development, environmental politics and sustainable development.
In the past decade she has established her interest in development communication, change management and learning, realising in her own daily work in Africa that many environmental management, conservation and developmental challenges need to be addressed in a context that will lead to lasting changes and impacts on the ground.
With Integrated Environmental Consultants Namibia (IECN), Dr Zeidler is involved in the preparation and implementation of a range of projects relating to climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation and sustainable land management, focused on developing, implementing and evaluating projects.
Dr. Zeidler was accompanied by her two colleagues from the Integrated Environmental Consultants Namibia, Dr. Justine Braby and Hilma Angula, where they led various sessions at the congress.

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