Experts' profiles - Tim Kasten
Tim Kasten
Tim Kasten is the Deputy Director of UNEPs Division of Environmental Policy Implementation and also serves UNEP as the Coordinator the Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecosystems Branch. Tim joined UNEP in 1998 after 12 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water in Washington, DC. During these 12 years he held various positions including capacity-building for Native American tribes, water regulations and standards, ocean discharge programme and finished as the US EPAs Senior Advisor on International Water Programmes.

His first UNEP posting was to the Caribbean Regional Seas Programme in Kingston, Jamaica focusing on marine pollution where he also served as the Acting Deputy Coordinator. After five years in Kingston, he joined UNEP at its headquarters in Nairobi as Chief of Policy Development and since 2005 serves as Coordinator the Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecosystems Branch. As Coordinator, Tim oversees UNEPs Freshwater Programme and the implementation of the Water Policy and Strategy of UNEP and serves the broader UN system as Vice-chair of UN-Water. Additionally, from the terrestrial side, he coordinates UNEPs work on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and more specifically, supervises UNEPs role in the UN-REDD Programme. He also oversees the development and implementation of the ecosystem management programme, including its biodiversity components.

Tim studied biology as an undergraduate and went on to graduate studies in environmental resource management and public administration. Tim originates from the state of Michigan in the USA and is married with two children.
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