Marie-Jose Vervest

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Programme Head Community Resilience

Global Office

I joined Wetlands International in 2005 as the Programme Manager for Green Coast, a partnership with other NGOs launched to restore damaged coastal ecosystems and livelihoods after the December 2004 Asian tsunami.

Another major Programme I headed was Wetlands & Livelihoods, implemented in 12 countries to promote the importance of wetland services in climate change adaptation approaches. Over the past few years, I have managed the Partners for Resilience Programme, through which we integrate ecosystem management into disaster risk reduction to build communities’ resilience to disasters. Building local capacity and enhancing the linkages between nature conservation and poverty reduction has always been vital to my work.

Before joining the team a decade ago, I spent many years in programme coordination and supporting policy and advocacy campaigns in the environmental sector.  In the 90s, I worked with Both ENDS as Coordinator of the Asia programme, and in the last few years, I served as Director. I have an MSc in Development Studies from Nijmegen University with post-doc courses in environment and not-for-profit management.