David Duthie is an ecologist with over 20 years of experience in working on environmental issues. Before joining UNEP in 2000 he was a biology teacher and an environmental consultant specializing in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of development projects.
Since joining UNEP he has worked closely with the international Convention on Biological Diversity whose objective is "the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources". This has meant trying become an expert in all aspects of biodiversity, ranging from molecular biology, population genetics, all aspects of species biology and their interactions within ecosystems.
In 2005, David transferred from Nairobi, Kenya to Geneva, Switzerland to work with UNEP`s Biosafety Unit, which works with developing countries to develop and put in place regulatory systems that ensure that applications of modern biotichnology do not have negative impacts on biodiversity.
David will try to answer any questions that you may have on any aspect of biodiversity and/or biosafety. His answers are personal and do not necessarily represent the official position of either the Convention on Biological Diversity or UNEP.