Manuela Fernandez

Wednesday April 10, 2019

Manuela Fernandez


My academic and professional background is focussed on sustainable development, ecosystem management and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policies. I hold a degree in political science from Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina) and a Masters in Geography and Sustainable Development. More recently, I obtained my PhD in Environmental Studies, specialising in DRR at Université de Lausanne (Switzerland). My PhD work in Guatemala proposed a DRR integral approach for decision-makers to find a compromise between the multiple management propositions, in order to obtain a suitable solution for all parties involved.

During my professional career, I have on several occasions taken part in full project cycles, from development and execution, to monitoring and evaluation: coordinating fieldwork and research projects in Latin America, developing risk management recommendations to Guatemalan authorities, organising DRR and interdisciplinary academies, and managing of DRR and technical environmental projects.

Through my experience in the monitoring and evaluation sector in the IUCN Global Forest and Climate Change Programme, I became fully qualified in evaluating programme results, creating and evaluating impact and outcome indicators, and constructing and preparing learning workshops using lessons learned as a learning strategy. I am currently working for the Crisis Management Brunch at UN Environment as the Eco-DRR Education and Training Specialist.

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