CEESP Regional Vice-Chair - Asia
Meher Marker Noshirwani
Meher Marker Noshirwani has an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Essex, United Kingdom. As a sociologist she has worked in the field of women, development and environment since 1985. She is currently working as Technical Advisor to the Trust for Conservation of Coastal Resources (TCCR). This entails management and implementation of projects on gender, environment and climate change in the coastal areas of the fishing communities along the Sindh coast in Pakistan. Projects focus on research on the importance of mangroves as a natural resource, and their protection to the coastal communities, awareness, training, and community mobilization of the fishing community of the Korangi coast in Pakistan.
With 27 years of experience of working on gender and environment issues, first with Shirkat Gah (a women’s NGO) and currently with TCCR, she has developed projects and programmes on the theme of gender, livelihoods, and sustainable development.
During her tenure with Shirkat Gah where she was Coordinator and then Executive Director, and as a member of the SG Collective, she was responsible for management and administration of the Karachi office, which included liaison with funding partners, consultants, government departments, NGOs, Community Based Organizations, and coordination with the Shirkat Gah Board and Collective. As secretary to the SG Collective she maintained records of all organizational documents from 1985 to 2009.
She also formed Weaves and Handlooms a private limited company for Shirkat Gah, which began as an income generation project for women weavers. As Executive Director she led the organizational transformation process as well. As a member of IUCN’s Pakistan National Committee she has served on the Executive Committee of the PNC, and participated in four of IUCN’s World Conservation Congresses, (Amman, Bangkok, Barcelona, and Jeju) and is a member of IUCN’s Commission CEESP since 2010, and a member of the theme on Sustainable Livelihoods and Sustainable Use Specialist Group. She has attended and participated in conferences and workshops in Pakistan, South Asia, and at an international level. She was also involved in the Beijing + 5, and Beijing + 10, Global U.N. processes.
Currently she is a Board Member of Hisaar Foundation, a Foundation for Water, Food and Livelihood Security, since 2010. This is the second term as a member of the Board.
As a social researcher she is involved in research for the Parzor Foundation a UNESCO assisted project to preserve and promote the culture of Parsi-Zoroastrian Culture and heritage.
Articles and publications include:
• Co- author of Chapter on “The Conflict and Security Issues in Pakistan -Responses of Civil Society” for SPDC’s Social Development in Pakistan Report (SDIP 2009- 2010) entitled; “Social Impact of the Security Crisis”. Nikhat Sattar and Meher Marker Noshirwani.
• Co-author of paper: The Parzor Project: Tradition and Transmission. Dr. Shernaz Cama and Meher Marker Noshirwani. Presented at the Fifteenth North American Zarathushti Congress, Houston- 29th to 31st December 2010.
• Do Decision Makers Hear and Respond to What the Poor say about Poverty and the Environment? Recent Experience from Pakistan; Khawar Mumtaz, Usman Ali Iftikhar, and Meher Marker Noshirwani Chapter 5 Response Strategies in Poverty, Health and Ecosystems: Experience from Asia edited by: Paul Steele, Gonzalo Oviedo, and David McGauley. Published by: IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK in collaboration with ADB, Manila, Philippines 2006.
• Scoping Study Women’s Access and Rights to Land and Property in Pakistan Khawar Mumtaz and Meher Marker Noshirwani IDRC – Rural Poverty and Environment Programme, New Delhi, India, 2006.
• Between Hope and Despair Pakistan Participatory Poverty Assessment, Sindh Report, and National Report, Planning and Development Government of Sindh, September 2003. Documentation Manager for Sindh Report, and input into the National Report.
• Women at the Edge Environmental exploitation and grassroots strategies. Research by: Nazli Moshin, Edited by: Meher M. Noshirwani, Produced and published by: Najma Sadeque, Shirkat Gah 1999.
• Article on the Women Divers of Jeju. 2012