Nehemiah Rotich is a wildlife /biodiversity expert, with 27 years of experience in working with wildlife, parks management and biodiversity. Before joining UNEP, he was Kenya’s Ambassador to UNEP, Director of Kenya Wildlife Service, and also headed the East African Wildlife Society.
He joined UNEP in 2003, working in the Division of Environmental Conventions, as Head of the Biodiversity and Biotechnology Unit where he focused on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), including the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety; the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and its associated agreements including AEWA, ASCOBANS, ACCOBAMS, The World Heritage Convention and the Lusaka Agreement on Co-operative Enforcement Operations Directed at Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora in Africa.
Nehemiah was transferred to the Regional Office for Africa, Division of Regional Cooperation, in May 2005 where he is responsible for issues including biodiversity, post conflict assessments as they relate to biodiversity, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, and the UN Development Assistance Framework for selected countries in Africa.
He has been the recipient of the following honours and awards:
1999 Presidential Award of the Order of Moran of the burning spear (MBS) for distinguished service in conservation.
1995 Eastern Africa Environmental Leadership Award – by Eastern Africa Environment Network
1988 Wildlife Clubs of Kenya Leadership Award.
Nehemiah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Botany, with specialized training in wildlife and marine life conservation.
He will answer questions on protected areas, wildlife and related areas of biodiversity.