Experts' profiles - Laetitia Zobel
Laetitia Zobel
Laetitia Zobel is a social anthropologist. Before joining UNEP in 2002, she worked with international NGOs mainly on traditional / informal and formal education, childrens rights and community development in post-conflict situations in Mexico and West-Africa.
Since joining the Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch of UNEP, which engages a variety of civil society groups in UNEPs work, she has been dealing with the linkages between environment and cultural diversity and is responsible for UNEP's cooperation with indigenous peoples.
Thanks to their strong relationship to the environment indigenous peoples are the custodians of traditional environment knowledge. One challenge faced by UNEP in this context is to engage indigenous peoples more effectively into UNEPs policy processes.

In addition, LZ is involved in the Step-by-Step team, a group of UN staff members engaging in the implementation of an environmental policy on the UN compound in Nairobi. She is also an active member of a local project to re-integrate former street children.
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