Experts' profiles - Stefan Hain
Stefan Hain
Stefan Hain has been the Head of the UNEP Coral Reef Unit (CRU) since March 2003. This small, one-man Unit is based at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK, where it forms together with the Secretariat of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), the Coordinating Unit of the International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN) and the UNEP-WCMC marine programme a centre of excellence on coral reefs.

The role of CRU is to provide a focal point for advice and guidance within the UN and UNEP system on all matters related to the protection, conservation and sustainable management/use of coral reefs. In addition to supporting the actions of UNEP and the numerous UNEP partners to prevent the further degradation of tropical coral reefs, Stefan has been spearheading over the last 3 years UNEP's work on cold-water coral reefs and other vulnerable deep-water ecosystems and biodiversity. In this work, Stefan utilises the scientific knowledge from his PhD and post-doc studies on marine benthic ecosystems in the Antarctic. He switched in 1991 to science administration and marine environmental policy development and implementation, first for the German Government, then from 1994-2000 for the intergovernmental OSPAR Commission for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North East Atlantic.

Stefan's work motto is "Tropical reefs - maintaining the momentum", "Cold-water corals - building the momentum".
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