Experts' profiles - Jerry Velasquez
Jerry Velasquez
Jerry Velasquez received his PhD from Nagoya University in Japan where he majored on environmental studies and water resources. His PhD dissertation received the outstanding thesis award in 1994 from the Japanese Association of Water Resources. He has previously worked for the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), the United Nations University (UNU), the Global Environment Information Centre (GEIC), and the UNEP Division of Global Environment Facility Coordination.

His two main areas of specialization are: a) Environmental governance, in particular inter-linkages and synergies among MEAs; and b) Social aspects of disaster vulnerability.

On environmental governance issues, he has worked in 17 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including the 10 ASEAN countries, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Palau and Cook Islands, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. On social vulnerability, he has worked in the Philippines, Japan, the US, India, South Africa, Mexico and Colombia.

His published work includes edited books, journal articles, interactive software, and policy briefs on MEA synergies, environmental governance and social vulnerability. Two of the more interesting products that he co-developed over the years are the Internet-based sustainable development gaming simulation Pangaea, and the interactive software for children Quake Busters. His latest book is titled Innovative Communities: People Centered Approaches for Environmental Management in Asia and the Pacific published by the UNU Press in December 2005.

He is currently Chief of the Environmental Conventions Inter-linkages and Synergies Branch of the UNEP Division of Environmental Law and Conventions.
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