Tatjana Puschkarsky studied political sciences and English and serves as a liaison person within IUCN Headquarters, Switzerland. As part of the IUCN World Heritage team, she will take care of political, institutional and contextual issues and assure adequate presence of the participants during and after COP10. Tatjana participated in the International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv during COP9.
Nina Treu studied political science, economics and law in Heidelberg and Paris, where she focused on environmental politics and sustainable development. She has been engaged in environmental and development activities at both grassroot and international levels for several years. Nina will be the liaison person within UNESCO, Paris and focus on educational, communicational and media aspects from within the World Heritage Centre. nina.treu(at)go4biodiv.org
Niklas Esser studied Sinology, lived in Asia for more than two years and has gathered practical experience in conservation projects during several interns in Asia, Africa and South America in the field of biodiversity and co-management. Due to his intercultural communication skills and expertise he will coordinate the preparation process and the implementation of the Youth Forum logistically from Japan and Germany. niklasesser(at)thoughtforge.org
Marc Wohlrabe, born in Berlin, studies World Heritage in Cottbus with special interest in coastal and marine management and sustainable fisheries. He is an experienced culture manager, public relation specialist and businessman who worked in Japan, USA and several years in Mexico. wohlrabemarc(at)steinland.net
Thora Amend coordinates the Go4BioDiv team on behalf of GIZ. In the context of development cooperation, Thora has been involved in biodiversity conservation, the management of protected areas, environmental communication and community involvement for many years and also helped conceptualize and organize the Go4BioDiv during COP9. At present, Thora lives and works in Peru. thora.amend(at)giz.de
Ernesto Noriega develops training programmes that encourage mainly indigenous youth to reconnect with their endangered heritage, offering them the know-how and opportunity to become involved in its protection and promotion and to generate viable development alternatives for their communities.
Lukas Laux coordinates education and out-reach programmes for the oldest German National Park, the Bavarian Forest. Being responsible for the International Wilderness Camp with traditional housing from around the world, Lukas was also part of the Go4BioDiv team during COP9. In Japan, with his creativity and positive energy, he will support the group-work sessions. lukas.laux(at)npv-be.bayern.de
Carmela Quin is the Focal Point for UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris. She will guide Nina in preparing World Heritage related inputs and support her with contacts and media expertise. c.quin(at)unesco.org
Tilman Jäger is an expert in protected areas and project manager in IUCN’s World Heritage Unit, based in Switzerland. Tilman will support Tatjana on WHS-info and technical contents of Go4BioDiv-World Heritage. tilman.jaeger(at)iucn.org
Rolf Mack, at GIZ headquarters, is very experienced in bringing people together and establish fruitful networks. He has carried out many projects in Africa and Asia in the context of conservation and development. Rolf serves as official back-up person for the main financial sponsor, German development cooperation GIZ. rolf.mack(at)giz.de