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Profile picture of Ali Raza Rizvi Photo: Ali Raza Rizvi Ali Raza Rizvi
Programme Manager, Ecosystem Based Adaptation

Ali Raza Rizvi has over 20 years of professional experience in promoting environmental conservation and human well-being. He has been with IUCN since 1994, initially in Asia and now with the Global Ecosystem Management Programme in Washington DC. Ali has held different portfolios, including Regional Group Head, Ecosystems and Livelihoods Group in Asia. Based on this he has led a team of international experts working on various thematic areas; biodiversity & species, coastal & marine, environmental economics, and disaster risk reduction. He was also Head of the Climate Change & Resilience Programme. Before joining Ecosystem Management Programme, he held the position of Programme Manager Southeast Asia with the responsibilities of providing technical support in the thematic areas of climate adaptation, food security, disaster risk reduction, and gender integration not only to the Country Offices in Southeast Asia but also for the whole of the Asia Region. His projects management experience ranges in the field of education, conservation, sustainable strategy development, integrated coastal zone management, poverty reduction, disaster management, and climate change.

His experience of working in the field of Ecosystem-based Adaptation has encompassed a wide range of field work and policy influencing initiatives, and has provided technical assistance to various field projects. This has entailed developing strategic partnerships with international and national organizations, academia, media, and private sector along with supervising vulnerability and capacity assessments, developing strategies, and implementation plans. In addition he has worked with mainstream development and humanitarian agencies on disaster management, risk reduction, livelihoods, and adaptation initiatives with the objective of incorporating ecosystem based approaches into their work. Currently, he is responsible for the IUCN global programme on Ecosystem based Adaptation.

To contact Ali, please email him.


Profile picture of Emily Goodwin Photo: Emily Goodwin Emily Goodwin
Programme Officer, Ecosystem-based Adaptation

As part of IUCN's Global Ecosystem Management Programme, Emily supports the implementation of IUCN's portfolio of projects on adaptation and resilience, particularly in coastal ecosystems.  Emily supports the coordination of Friends of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (FEBA), a global collaborative network of 75+ agencies and organisations involved in EbA, working to synthesize multi-stakeholder knowledge on EbA; disseminate knowledge by convening the global EbA community around high-level events, technical workshops, and expert working groups; and raise awareness and understanding of EbA in adaptation planning processes and multilateral policy frameworks. She also supports IUCN’s engagement in several global partnerships on mangrove conservation and sustainable management, including the Global Mangrove Alliance and the UN Community of Ocean Action for Mangroves. Emily studied ecology and environmental science at Dartmouth College, where she conducted research in India, the Caribbean, Latin America, and South Africa. Prior to joining IUCN, she worked in sea level rise adaptation planning and coastal resources management for the local government in Miami, Florida.

Contact Emily by email.


Wendy Atieno Photo: Wendy Atieno Wendy Atieno
Programme Officer, Ecosystem-based Adaptation

As part of the EbA team, Wendy supports several adaptation and resilience projects including “Scaling Up EbA in Mountain Ecosystems” and "Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Strengthening the evidence and informing policy" working with country teams across Asia, Africa and Latin America to link global policy and field implementation. Wendy previously served as a Princeton in Asia fellow in IUCN Laos where she supported projects on transboundary water governance in the Lower Mekong region and ecosystem-based adaptation approaches in wetland areas.

She has a Master’s degree in Global Environmental Policy from the School of International Service at American University where she conducted research on urban informality and government’s role in increasing flood vulnerability. A proud Nairobi native, she enjoys visiting contemporary art museums, talking about her plants and searching for good food.


Delilah Griswold Photo: Delilah Griswold Annika Min
Programme Assistant, Ecosystem-based Adaptation

Annika supports diverse projects with the IUCN EbA team, including Scaling Up Mountain EbA and FEBA.

She studied environmental sciences, conservation, and geospatial science at the University of California, Berkeley before completing her Master of Science in the Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security at the United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the University of Bonn in Germany. As a research assistant at UNU-EHS, she worked on several projects assessing drought risk and vulnerability with a focus on implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. She has conducted various ecological field work in Ethiopia, California, and the Peruvian Amazon as well as the evaluation and monitoring of an EbA project in the Peruvian Andes. Before joining IUCN, she worked in Bhutan on program and risk management for a non-profit institution.

Annika is a dual national of the United States and Germany. Born and raised in San Francisco, she grew up speaking English and German natively and later studied Spanish in Latin America. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, writing poetry, drawing and painting, playing board games, and learning dances from around the world.


Amber Bjerre Photo: Amber Bjerre Amber Bjerre
Intern, Ecosystem-based Adaptation

As an Intern with the Ecosystem-based Adaptation team, Amber supports IUCN's adaptation and resilience projects. Amber will conduct a mapping exercise of IUCN's portfolio of adaptation and resilience projects across all IUCN regional and country offices, support and implement communications, conduct background research and draft idea papers on new concepts and technical documents across the project portfolio – all in close collaboration with the EbA team.

Amber studied biological sciences and minored in environmental and sustainability sciences at Cornell University, where she expanded her interests, including quantitative ecology, rock climbing and mushroom foraging, and conducted field research in Tropical North Queensland, Australia. Hailing from California, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, trail running, gardening and camping, exploring local restaurants and bookstores, and trying new recipes.

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