Isabel Martinez is a Programme Officer with UNEP’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC). She has 10 years experience as a Programme Officer and legal consultant within UNEP, and has worked with ROLAC - first in Mexico City and currently in Panama City. She also worked at the Coordination Office of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) in The Hague.
She currently supports the Office of the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean in the coordination of UN reform-related initiatives in the region, specifically regarding the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the One UN Pilot Programme in Uruguay, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Panama and the UNDP-Spain MDG Achievement Fund joint programmes on climate change and the environment (Panama, Nicaragua, Peru and Ecuador). She is also responsible for the coordination of water, regional seas and GPA projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Prior to that she served for three years in the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of Venezuela as part of various multi-disciplinary teams responsible for, amongst other things, drafting legislation, reviewing environmental impact assessments as well as preparing and organizing public consultations on land-use plans and integrated water resources management plans. Furthermore, she also worked as a freelance consultant for environmental NGOs and the legislative power on environmental law and institutional development.
She graduated with a degree in law from a Venezuelan university (1989) and a Master's degree in Natural Resources Management from a United Kingdom university (1993).