Dr. Dechen Tsering is Senior Programme Officer with the UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Dechen's key responsibilities include: leading climate change issues such as the establishment and functioning of the Regional Network, Asia Pacific Climate Action; coordinating technical issues of Core (Air, Water Biodiversity, and Land), Cluster (Energy, Waste, Water, Chemicals) and Nexus Issues (Gender, Environment and Health, Poverty, Environment Education); coordinating biodiversity conservation and urban cluster activities; supporting provision of policy inputs towards enhancement of the visibility of UNEP; and supporting the One UN process and the UNEP/UNDP Poverty Environment Partnership. She also provided support for the Joint UNDP/UNEP Mainstreaming Project in Bhutan in 2007.
She has considerable experience in international environmental negotiations and has been involved in the Rio processes particularly the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She has worked on the development of key national policy and regulatory frameworks. She has worked closely with bilateral and multilateral donors, and is an environmental policy analyst who continues to advise national government planners and international funding agencies on environment and climate change programmes.
Prior to joining UNEP, she served in the Royal Government of Bhutan as the head of the Policy Coordination Division in the National Environment Commission, and as the Policy Officer with the Planning Commission (National Environment Secretariat). She has also worked as a Research Assistant and consultant with the World Bank.
Dechen's special achievements include: placed first in the Royal Civil Service Examinations in Bhutan (1990); awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for undergraduate studies in America (1985 to1989); awarded a fellowship for graduate studies at Georgetown University (1993 to1995); awarded a World Wildlife Fund Education for Nature Scholarship for doctoral studies in Zurich (1997); and she was the first Bhutanese women to obtain a doctoral degree.
She holds a Ph.D in Forest Economics and Forest Policy (Federal Institute of Technology), Master of Public Policy (Georgetown University), Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (University of California, Berkeley), and Bachelor of Science in Conservation Resource Studies (University of California, Berkeley).