Max Zieren

Position: UNEP/GEF - Regional Focal Point Asia & Task Manager Biodiversity & Land Degradation projects
Phone: +66 02 288-2101 

Area(s) of Expertise:  Mr. Max Zieren joined UNEP in early 2004 - first based in Nairobi, and the Asia and Pacific Regional Office since February 2007. He works with Asian countries and a global network of technical partners towards GEF V project identification, project design and development, and partnership building to implement the projects. Through his broad expertise he works on invasive alien species, sustainable land management and poverty alleviation, access and benefit sharing, regional water management, climate change & wetland conservation, integrating a green economy approach to sectors such as forestry and agriculture, protected area networks, biodiversity conservation & landscape connectivity, as well as the global expansion and use of voluntary certification systems such as by Rain Forest Alliance in tea, cocoa and coffee or FSC-based forest certification for ecosystem services like carbon, water, genetic resources, and recreational values. He has taken the lead for UNEP on invasive species,, and initiated UNEPs engagement with REDD. Max has over 25 years experience in sustainable development and land-use planning – specifically in wetlands and coastal/marine zones, biodiversity conservation, environmental management and communications, and institutional development programs, particularly in SE Asia and Africa. He has worked for over 18 years in Indonesia a.o. for Wetlands International (deputy national coordinator), leaded on consultancy contracts with ADB, WB, USAID and others, including as Team Leader on the Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Project in Indonesia (COREMAP, 16 years), Riau Coastal Zone Management Project (UNDP/UNESCO), and a broad range of other assignments. Max holds a MSc from the Agricultural University Wageningen in Tropical Resource Ecology, Tropical Forest Management, and Remote Sensing & GIS. Additionally he studied agro-forestry, toxicology as well as non-western cultural anthropology.