Lucilla Minelli

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Senior Advocacy Officer

Communications and Advocacy

I joined Wetlands International in July 2019. In my role, I contribute to the overall agenda of the organisation by strengthening the science-policy interface (SPI) and supporting decision making at different levels for the protection and wise governance of wetlands. Within the organisation I develop plans to enhance advocacy efforts of key programs, provide advice on project implementation and help building policy capacity of our offices particularly, but not limited to, in the areas of biodiversity and climate change.

With a longstanding experience in the field of transboundary natural resource management, I have explored the entwined relationship between natural systems and human development from different angles. Global trends sometimes depict the world as a battlefield for a zero-sum game between people and nature, but this dystopic course can be reversed and we can nurture a ‘shared home’ where cooperation, not competition, is the ultimate driver for evolution and sustainable living.

I am proud to work for an organisation that puts solid science at the heart of its efforts and invests in the safeguard and restoration of these beautiful and vital ecosystems – where land meets water…

Before Wetlands International, I worked for UNESCO and other International organisations in different capacities, leading the development of strategies and execution of technical projects on water policy and governance, knowledge management, capacity building, science diplomacy, gender equity and conflict resolution. I have a Master of Advanced Studies in International Relations and a Master’s degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences (Development Studies, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa) from Bologna University, Italy. I am fluent in English, French and Spanish (Italian mother tongue).