Current Work

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Developing the MSP Charter, a Charter for Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships, a  collaboration between MSP Institute and Tellus Institute: The MSP Charter shall outline the main characteristics and principles of MSPs, including how they aim to work internally, and it shall include a sign-on process for partnerships and those working with, in, or on MSPs to declare that they aim to adhere to the principles and standards of the MSP Charter.
We have created a first draft MSP Charter, and provide background information and links at www.msp-charter.org.

Supporting the German Federal Environment Ministry in preparations for ICCA2019, a follow-up to the International Conference on Climate Action – Local Governments Driving Transformation (ICCA2015), to be held in Heidelberg, Germany, in May 2019 (collaboration with ifeu and ifok).

Cooperating with ifeu, Climate Alliance and seecon on “Klimaschutz in öffentlichen Projekten (KöP) – Climate Action in Public Projects”, working with pilot municipalities in Germany to develop a toolbox for integrating climate in all municipal projects beyond environment.
Consultant Celia Schmidt is supporting me in this project, reviewing project management literature and supporting the collaboration with pilot municipalities.

Cooperating with ifeu (Heidelberg, Germany), The German Institute for Urban Studies (Difu, Cologne) and nextpractice GmbH on Klima-KomPakt: Needs assessment, stakeholder participation and ensuring continuity in municipal climate action, contracted by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.
Consultant Celia Schmidt is supporting me in this project, reviewing research on citizen and stakeholder participation, supporting the development of a tool guide for local governments, and collaborating with pilot municipalities.

Supporting the MSP Institute’s project on Gender and Chemicals: Issues, Stakeholders, Strategies, May 2017 – December 2018. Conducting analyses of gender issues, stakeholders and relevant political processes; developing policy suggestions for SAICM Beyond 2020.

International Chemicals Management post2020: In a three-year project for the German Federal Environment Ministry and the Environment Agency (2015 – 2018; 2018-2020), a team at adelphi, plus Paul Hohnen and myself, are supporting developing options for international chemicals management for after the currently ongoing SAICM process. I am providing process design and facilitation services for stakeholder and context mapping, consultations in Germany and in the EU, and supporting the German presidency of the ICCM5 process.

Leading the MSP Institute’s activities for a workshop on Making MSPs Work for the SDGs, July 15+16, 2017, in New York, on the margins of the UN HLPF.

Presentation at the 10th Psychology Day at the UN, held April 20, 2017, on Impacts of Environmental Challenges on Psychological Well-Being, and Psychological Contributions to Realizing the SDGs.  (webcast available at UNWebTV)

Having co-founded the MSP Institute – Multi-stakeholder Processes for Sustainable Development eV, an international charitable association based in Berlin, Germany, I am also working to develop and implement non-for profit projects as well as publications as an associate of the organization.

Member of the advisory board and event facilitator for the project Landkreise in Führung! (county councils taking the lead) of the German National Climate Initiative, supporting counties across Germany to work on climate with their member municipalities (in German).

ClimateCulture-Lab: a project by the Pestel Institute, Climate Alliance and University of Aachen, Germany, funded by the German National Climate Initiative, developing a learning and collaboration platform to support local cultural development towards zero emissions. I am providing process design and facilitation for local and national workshops.

Supporting Prof. Ruth Schmitt’s project on local multi-stakeholder engagement processes for renewable energy planning in Switzerland as a member of the advisory group (FH Nordwestschweiz – University of Applied Sciences North West Switzerland).

I have been serving as a member of the Jury for Swiss Re’s International ReSource Award for Resilience in Water Management since 2003. Swiss Re’s Resource Award is designed to recognise projects that preserve the ecological, social and economic value of water resources. The global reinsurer supports water projects across the world and is committed to creating feasible and binding conditions to protect this vital resource.

GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice: Having co-founded an organisation that serves to facilitate and coordinate an international network of women and gender experts working on climate change. I was Chair, then Vice-Chair of the Board (2008-2012), now a member of the Steering Committee. I mostly worked to develop, and help implement a multi-pronged strategy aiming to increase gender responsiveness of international climate change policies under the UNFCCC process. Coordinated a number of activities at UNFCCC conferences since 2005. Having achieved the official “observer constituency” status for women and gender experts in the UNFCCC process, GenderCC became the first focal point for the constituency, facilitating the connections between women worldwide and the political process. We are continuing to raise women’s voices in the process at international and national levels, but we also focus on implementing projects with local women around the world.

EcoAgriculture Partners: I have been serving as a Member of the Board of Directors of this international organisation headquartered in Washington, DC, from 2005 until 2015, and am now a Senior Fellow.
Ecoagriculture Partners is an independent non-government organisation, a node in a network of farmers, non-government organizations, governments and international organisatins, research institutes, agribusiness, and  conservationists. After taking shape at the Stakeholder Implementation Conference in 2002, which I co-coordinated, Ecoagriculture Partners held its first international conference in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2004, and the second in Nairobi in March 2012. It is active primarily in East Africa, Meso-America and North America. EcoAgriculture Partners is also serving as the coordinating Secretariat of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative, LPFN.