South & East Asia

CEESP South & East Asia encompasses biologically diverse regions of the world and has been a cradle of civilizations. The Commission, taking into cognizance the heritage and biodiversity of the region, will cover issues pertaining to conservation of biological diversity, promotion of sustainable use of resources, engagement with Indigenous people (and local communities) and draw upon the traditional knowledge systems. The Commission will also focus on emerging global priorities through policy dialogues on reduction of plastic pollution, use of renewable energy sources, segregation of waste, gender equality, reduction in poverty and others. 

 

Dr Ritu DHINGRA

Regional Vice Chair, East and Southern Asia

I have recently been appointed as Vice Chair of IUCN CEESP for South and East Asia.I am a lawyer by profession and have been in this field of ...

Regional Vice Chair, East and Southern Asia

I have recently been appointed as Vice Chair of IUCN CEESP for South and East Asia.I am a lawyer by profession and have been in this field of environmental conservation for the last 30 years, when I completed my BSC. Honors course in Botany with a first division. I have empathy for all the life forms on this planet and I am really concerned for their survival on this earth. I am too passionate about the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems for the sake of intergenerational equity. I did my degree in law in the year 1992 and also took environmental law as one of my main subjects. In the year 1993, I started practicing law in the High court and Supreme Court of India and ever since I am in this field. I have Authored three books as a Trilogy on environmental law and management. too passionate about environmental conservation. I have a PHD in environmental laws.

Swayamprabha Das

Dr Swayamprabha DAS

Deputy Regional Vice Chair, South & East Asia Dr. Ms. Swayamprabha Das has a Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru University, in international relations with a focus on international environmental policy, and ...

Deputy Regional Vice Chair, South & East Asia Dr. Ms. Swayamprabha Das has a Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru University, in international relations with a focus on international environmental policy, and her thesis titled- “Environmental Diplomacy and International Co-operation: Case Study of Antarctic Treaty System”.
Dr. Das is a Hubert Humphrey Fellow and was based with University of California, Davis, CA, USA. Her focus was on marine conservation, especially on designation the Marine Protected Areas. During this period, she was professional affiliated with IUCN Multi-lateral office at Washington DC, and attended meetings of ‘Ad Hoc Committee on High Seas’ at UN HQ, New York in 2008.
Dr Das has a progressive work experience of 22 years in the development and environment sector, with a focus on policy, programme management and communications. During her work with WWF India’s marine programme (2003-07), she worked on several programmes (marine turtles, Marine protected areas, marine fisheries certification, etc.) and oceans policies (UNCLOS, Antarctic Treaty and Southern Oceans, Coastal Zone Regulations, etc.); contributed chapter to the Environmental Law Handbook, Govt of India and taught marine policies at WWF India’s Environmental Law Centre. Further-on (2008-09) she worked with Sierra Club and anchored the ‘Climate Change Leaders programme in the Himalayas’ with LEAD India. Thereafter, she served as Coordinator with the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change, Govt of India and focused on UNCCD matters (Sustainable Land & Ecosystems management- GEF 4 and the 4th National Report to UNCCD). Two major highlights of her work are- assisting MoEF & CC on the ‘Science Express- Biodiversity Special’ (2012) and launch programme for the International Polar Year (2007) with WWF-India and Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt of India.
In her recent assignments that focused more on social development, she has been instrumental in promoting environment and Green Growth into Human Development context (with NITI Aayog, Govt of India), and in her present assignment she has been developing on Green Jobs and Water Governance with UNDP.