Katharina is supporting different projects related to the implementation of the Biodiversity-related Conventions at national and regional levels. Due to her expertise in biodiversity-related law she is also working on the development of new projects with regard to legal and policy considerations in the context of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans revision process, as well as access and benefit-sharing under the Nagoya Protocol. Furthermore, she taught the session on conservation policies and Multilateral Environmental Agreements of the MPhil in Conservation Leadership Programme at the University of Cambridge in 2015 and will continue to do so in 2016.
Katharina has previously worked as a legal consultant and policy advisor on behalf of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Focusing on public administrative reform and state building, she supported GIZ programs in Cambodia, Afghanistan (remotely) and South Sudan. Since 2010 Katharina has also been associated with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), where she became involved in projects related to the Nagoya Protocol; the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020; forest governance and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Katharina completed her legal studies in Germany and France, and did an interdisciplinary Master’s programme in the Environment Option at McGill University. She also passed the German State Legal Traineeship.
Katharina is responsible for the day to day project management of the Centre’s contribution to the preparation of the review. This includes the organization of deliverables and technical aspects of the project, stakeholder consultations, as well as communication with the two consortium partners and the European Commission. The project supports the establishment of methodology and baselines by which progress on actions and on targets will be evaluated.
Katharina is supporting a UNEP-led process to elaborate options for identifying potential synergies in implementation of the Biodiversity-related Conventions. This included the organization of two expert meetings in August 2014 and May 2015 in Switzerland. In addition she led the work to review guidance, experience and lessons learned at the national level with respect to the coherent implementation of the Biodiversity-related Conventions, working closely with both Convention Secretariats and National Focal Points. The output of this work is the publication “Sourcebook of opportunities for enhancing cooperation among the Biodiversity-related Conventions at national and regional levels” (UNEP 2015).