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Made up of 25 national, regional and international organizations, the expert group aims to strengthen action on biodiversity and climate change adaptation under the UNFCCC process. 
The expert group can help address key knowledge gaps by cross-collaborating with other members, the UNFCCC constituted bodies, other NWP thematic expert groups and relevant communities of practice.   

The expert group follows these key principles in undertaking their role: 
  • Be demand driven to ensure that the collaborative actions are meaningful and responsive to the needs of Parties and constituted bodies.
  • Have a long-term strategy that facilitate and support the implementation of adaptation and resilience actions in an inclusive and participatory manner.   
  • Promote the exchange of information, experience, challenges and best practice to a broad range of adaptation and mitigation stakeholders.  
  • Increase the role of the expert group by engaging with relevant processes outside the UNFCCC processes. 

The selection criteria for the multidisciplinary thematic expert group members ensure a regional and gender balance, balance in expertise and perspective on the specific thematic areas. This includes:  
  • Type of organization (CSO, INGO, UN, IPO, etc.)  
  • Technical experience and area of specialization  
  • Representation of the least developed countries, SIDS and other developing countries  
  • Equal gender representation. 
The role of expert group is to: 

  • Provide technical inputs and feedback to the thematic scoping paper (which responds to knowledge needs of Parties)  
  • Support the design and implementation of actions and produce demand-driven knowledge products in response to identified knowledge gaps from the scoping paper. The actions will also support the needs of constituted bodies. 
  • Assist with the design and organization of the NWP’s mandated event at COP, called the Focal Point Forum.  
  • Engage with the secretariat to organize and/participate in events which promote outcomes, outputs and progress to-date. 
The composition of the expert group on biodiversity is noted in the table below, outlining the organization, the expert representative and their location. 

Affiliation Name of expert Location
Global Water Partnership (GWP) South Africa Loreen Katiyo South Africa
The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) Ronnakorn Triraganon Thailand
Adelphi Kathrin Ludwig Germany
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Ali Raza Rizvi
Emily Goodwin
United States
ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity Therese Mundita S. Lim
James Santiago
Carlo M. Carlos
ICIMOD Nakul Chettri Nepal
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Alexander Shestakov
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Miriam Medel Germany
Acclimatise Amanda Rycerz United States
Association des Femmes Peules Autochtones  du Tchad (AFPAT)  Hindou Oumar
Balkisou Buba
World Business Council for Sustainable Development David Bennell United States
Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Houria Djoudi Indonesia
National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Jusper Omwega Kenya
PlanAdapt Jesse DeMaria-Kinney Switzerland
Wetlands International Hans Schutten The Netherlands
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Michele Poletto
Suyeon Yang
Instituto Nacional de Ecologia y Cambio Climatico, Mexico (INECC) Margarita Caso Mexico
The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) Mandy Barnett South Africa
Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn Alisher Mirzabaev Germany
University of Pennsylvania Michael Weisberg United States
WeForest Matthias De Beenhouwer Zambia
IPBES Josef Settele Germany
Indigenous Women’s Biodiversity Network (IWBN) Viviana Figueroa United States
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Hannah Reid United Kingdom
University of Glasgow Fabrice Renaud United Kingdom
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) Mathias Bertram
Ulrich Kindermann