Experts' profiles - Veerle Vandeweerd
Veerle Vandeweerd
Veerle Vandeweerd holds the position of Coordinator of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (UNEP - GPA), in The Hague, The Netherlands. She was also the Head of the UNEP's Regional Seas, Coral Reefs & Small Island Developing States Programmes.

From 1989 to 1999 Vandeweerd oversaw several global environmental monitoring systems, such as the Global Environmental Monitoring System Pollution Programmes on Water, Air and Food, and assessment.
She has also initiated and directed the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO) Report Series of UNEP, a major reference work for academics and policy makers.

In 1998, Vandeweerd was Director of Environmental Assessment and Reporting for the Flemish Region, Belgium. Since becoming GPA's Coordinator in 1999, she has actively participated and contributed substantively to discussions on environmental policy development and implementation issues in major international conferences and stakeholders' meetings.

During her career, she initiated and directed over 100 publications, mainly dealing with environmental monitoring and assessment.
Vandeweerd has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She was a Lecturer in Biochemistry at the University of Lusaka, Zambia, where she conducted research on African sleeping sickness. She spent many years in Africa working in humanitarian assistance helping to build schools and hospitals.
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