Experts' profiles - James Kamara
James Kamara
James Kamara has extensive experience in international environmental resource management. He joined the United Nations Environment Programme in 1989 and worked until 2000 as Coordinator of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) with main functions of strengthening cooperation between African countries in environmental management as well as provision of advocacy services, capacity building and implementation of best practice projects for environmental protection of the region through ecosystems committees, networks, various African technical regional environment group, task forces, inter-agency working group and pilot projects. Since 2000 he has worked in the area of disaster management with main focus on the environmental dimensions of natural and technological disasters through provision of strategic policy advice, environmental impact assessment, awareness raising, capacity building and development of action plans and programmes for disaster management in Africa. He has currently joined the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Branch with main responsibility of Coordinating the implementation of the Abidjan Convention on the protection, management and development of the marine and coastal environment in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to joining UNEP, he worked as Lecturer in agricultural finance and marketing at the University of Sierra Leone. James also worked as Agricultural Manager of the Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Board in Sierra Leone with main functions of provision of policy advice, strategic planning and development of agricultural growth points for the board, and delivering of extension services to farmers.

James has a Ph.D in Agricultural Economics with a focus on natural resource management from the University of Goettingen in Germany.
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