Experts' profiles - Ivonne Higuero
Ivonne Higuero
Ivonne Higuero is a biologist and environmental economist at the United Nations Environment Programme - Regional Office for Europe in Geneva. She is currently leading the development of the ecosystems management sub-programme at the regional office and is the UNEP Coordinator of the Pan European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy Joint Secretariat. The PEBLDS is an intergovernmental process under the Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference. The overall aim of the PEBLDS is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in Europe, inter alia, acting as an implementing arm of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Europe. She is actively participating in the Streamlining European 2010 Biodiversity Indicators (SEBI2010) project with the European Environment Agency, the identification of High Nature Value Farmland in the pan European region and the cooperation on forest biodiversity activities with the Ministerial Conference for the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE). She was seconded to the Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests to assist the with the negotiations of the Non-legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests during UNFF-7.

From 1994 to 2002, Ivonne held the post of Programme Officer at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi. Her duties at the Environmental Economics Unit (1994-1996) included the development and application of economic instruments, methodologies for valuation of natural resources, and development of environmental impact assessment guidelines to achieve environmental objectives. At the Biodiversity Unit (1997-1998), her focus was on economics and biodiversity, trade and biodiversity, access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing and indigenous issues under CBD. After the re-organization of UNEP in 1999, Ivonne joined the Division of Environmental Conventions as the UNEP focal point for biodiversity-related conventions such as CBD, CITES, and CMS and was seconded to the CBD Secretariat during the negotiations of the Biosafety Protocol. She worked at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. from 1992-1994 in the area of development planning, natural hazard assessment and natural disaster preparedness for Member States in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ivonne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Missouri (USA) and a Masters of Environmental Management degree in Natural Resource Economics and Policy from Duke University (USA).
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