Experts' profiles - Belinda Bowling
Belinda Bowling
Belinda Bowling is based in Kabul. She is the head of UNEP's Afghanistan office, a position she has held since early 2009. The UNEP office in Afghanistan consists of a team of 30 staff implementing an institutional development and capacity building programme for environmental management through UNEP's Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch. The programme's budget is approximately US$3 million per year (funded by the European Commission and GEF), and covers the thematic areas of institutional development, environmental coordination, environmental law and policy, multilateral environmental agreements (including GEF enabling activity projects), environmental impact assessment and pollution control, community-based natural resource management, protected areas, climate change adaptation, and conflict and natural resource management. In addition to supervising implementation of all UNEP's projects in Afghanistan, and managing the administration, finance and human-related aspects of programme delivery, Belinda represents UNEP on the UN Country Team, as well as in the two UN joint programmes in respect of which UNEP is a participating agency. She is also a co-chair of one of the priority areas of Afghanistan's UNDAF.

Prior to her appointment as Afghanistan Programme Manager, she worked as the Environmental Law, Policy and Conventions Expert for four years. During the time she was employed in this capacity, she was instrumental in the design, development and implementation of an environmental regulatory framework for Afghanistan, including the drafting and promulgation of legislation. She has worked extensively with environmental authorities towards improving the institutional and technical capacity of Afghan officials, particularly in regard to implementing environmental law and multilateral environmental agreements.

Before joining UNEP in October 2003, Belinda worked as an environmental attorney and legislative and policy consultant, working with both the public and private sectors, primarily in the southern African region. Prior to specializing in environmental law, she worked as a commercial attorney.

She holds a BA LLB LLM (Marine and Environmental Law) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
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