UN Environment Programme pays tribute to Linda Norgrove
Nairobi, 12 October 2010 The death of Linda Norgrove, a respected environmentalist and humanitarian, has shocked and deeply saddened her former colleagues at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Linda, who was 36, worked for UNEP and the United Nations Office for Project Services in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2008.
Working in often challenging conditions, she helped mould UNEP's country programme in Afghanistan, addressing fundamental environmental issues which were affecting the lives and livelihoods of the Afghan people. She was part of the UNEP Kabul team which received the organization's prestigious Baobab Award for outstanding achievements in 2008.
Linda was working for an aid agency when she was kidnapped on 26 September. She died tragically during a rescue attempt on Friday. An investigation will be launched to determine the circumstances behind her death.
She led the development of Afghanistan's first plan of action for adaptation to the impacts of climate change, as well as an assessment of Afghanistan's readiness to comply with its international obligations under relevant multilateral environmental agreements. She also laid the foundations for UNEP's current community-based natural resource management and protected areas programmes in Afghanistan.
Among her many achievements were biodiversity conservation projects under UNEP's Global Environment Fund (GEF) in which she worked closely with Afghanistan's Ministry of Agriculture and the National Environmental Protection Agency.
Linda also served with the UN in Laos as Head of the Environment Unit, a joint UNEP and UN Development Programme post. Her hard work and dedication helped to establish an important Poverty and Environment Initiative in Laos.
Known for her professional integrity, dedication and generosity, Linda won the respect and admiration of colleagues in the UN and the humanitarian community.