RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Sustainable development.
  • Nature conservation and biodiversity issues at local, national and international levels.
  • Strategic planning and EIA-work.
  • Mainstreaming of biodiversity into economic sectors.
  • CRS-work with private sectors.
  • Development and implementation of multilateral environmental agreements.
  • Planning and implementation of protected areas, threatened species, sustainable use issues and issues related to invasive alien species.
  • National and international management of environmental polar issues.
     
BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE

Academic background
Cand. real. zoology, University of Oslo 1971 (between Master of Science and PhD), with zoology, botany, mathematics, chemistry and biochemistry.

Professional experience

Employment

  • Director, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (2004-February 2012).
  • International Negotiation Director, Norwegian Directorate of Nature Management / Norwegian Ministry of the Environment (1995-2004).
  • Deputy Director (1985-1989) and Director General (1989-1995), Norwegian Directorate of Nature Management.
  • Various positions (including Head of Division), Norwegian Ministry of the Environment (1973-1985).
  • Various research and teaching positions, University of Oslo (1966-1971).


Other selected professional experience

  • Chair of Biodiversity in WEHAB (Water Energy Health Agriculture and Biodiversity), development for UN's Secretary General for WSSD (World Summit on Sustainable Development), (2002).
  • Chair of SBSTTA (Subsidiary Body for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice under CBD) (1996-1997) and member of Bureau for SBSTTA (1994-1999).
  • Chair of UNEP-Panel (The scientific and technical bases for implementation of CBD) (1992-1993).
  • Head of Norwegian delegations to various conventions, including CITES, the Bern Convention, CBD, Ramsar and 'Biosafety'- protocol negotiations (1979-2004).
  • Initiator of and chairman for the Trondheim Conferences on Biodiversity, 1993, 1996, 1999 and 2003.
  • Series editor for CABI Publishing's Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms Series (from 2004) (see Vol 1  Vol 2  Vol 3  Vol 4).
  • Chair of International Council, Birdlife International (from 2004).

BOOKS

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PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS

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OTHER PUBLICATIONS

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