Jennifer Clare Mohamed-Katereres experience in working at the poverty-environment interface has taught her that strong human rights systems can strengthen the resilience of people and the environment. With climate change placing increased stress on the human-environment system the need for effective governance systems is all the more pressing. Jennifer is interested in how the distribution of fairness, justice, and rights in governance impact on human security. In particular, she is interested in developing policy and practical systems that address decreasing resource availability and quality, as well as associated competition. Her interests include developing consensual and cooperative environmental management and governance systems, including at national and transboundary levels.
Jennifer is a lawyer with a multidisciplinary educational background she holds a social science degree (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), a law degree (LLB, University of Zimbabwe), and a Masters Degree from the University of London. Since 1993, she has worked in a variety of areas that contribute to developing environmental governance systems with governments and non-governmental organizations that multiply opportunities for people, particularly the most vulnerable while sustaining environmental resources. This includes contributing to the development of collaborative and inclusive governance systems through environmental law and institutional reform, rights-based approaches to environmental management and policymaking, and capacity-building.
Until 1998 Jennifer lectured in Environmental Law (University of Zimbabwe) but now works independently as a consultant and researcher. She works in a range of issues from water management to disaster risk management to conflict resolution, while maintaining a focus on strengthening resilience through rights recognition. Recently, Jennifer has worked with Pax Africa looking at the human security challenges Africa faces as climate change unfurls, and how governance can be an effective tool for enhancing resilience. Jennifer has also worked with UNEP in developing policy analysis guidelines for integrated environment assessment. She has also made substantial contribution to various UNEP publications including Africa Environmental Outlook-2, GEO Year Book 2007, and Global Environmental Outlook-4. She is a lead author in the GEO-4 Chapter 7 on Vulnerability of People and the Environment: Opportunities and Challenges. Given her interest in the interface of law, and policy Jennifer is a member of both IUCNs Commission on Environmental Law and the Commission on Environment, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP).
Jennifer is South African and has lived in three continents Africa, Asia, and Europe. She now resides in Geneva, Switzerland.