Experts' profiles - Sarat Babu Gidda
Sarat Babu Gidda
Sarat Gidda, an ecologist with more than 20 years of experience in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management, has served as a programme officer in situ conservation in the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) since 2003. He is responsible for facilitating implementation of the CBD programmes of work on protected areas and mountain biological diversity.

Prior to joining the CBD he was a senior civil servant, Government of India, in the Ministry of Environment and Forests, associated with policy formulation and programme implementation for conservation and management of natural resources and implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity. He was India's focal point to the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity. He was also actively involved with formulation, of India's National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, one of the largest participatory and decentralized environment and planning exercise, and played a significant role in developing India's biodiversity legislation. Sarat was also associated with development and implementation of biosafety regulations in India, and functioned as the Member Secretary of Genetic Engineering Approval Committee, India's regulatory body for transfer and use of Genetically Modified Organisms.

Sarat holds a PhD in Natural Resource Management, a Masters in Ecology and another Masters in Environment Policy from Imperial College, Wye Campus, University of London.
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