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STAP Chair’s Visit to the Menengai and Olkaria Geothermal Fields

Kenya, August 2013

rig[E]arlier this month, while on mission in Kenya to meet with senior UNEP officials, the STAP Chair Dr. Rosina Bierbaum, and the STAP Secretary, Thomas Hammond accompanied by Dr. Meseret Zemedkhun, Program Manager of ARGeo, had the opportunity to visit and observe Kenya’s fast expanding geothermal development projects – the Menengai and Olkaria Geothermal Fields.

Located 10km north of Nakuru, the Menengai Caldera is a trachytic central volcano underlain by a high-level magma... Read More

Nairobi-20130730-00348-2 Dr. Rosina speaking in Nairobi

Dr. Rosina Bierbaum, STAP Chair, speaks at UNEP/UN Complex in Nairobi, Kenya on "Bridging Science to Policy Gap" on 29th July 2013.

Dr. Bierbaum’s presentation talked about the role of assessments in the science/policy area, and lessons learned from working 20 years in the United States Government. She also elaborated on the ongoing National Climate Assessment in the United States and its implications for adaptation to climate change. The moderated discussion... Read More

STAP/GEF Technical Workshop
Hosted by the Organization of American States
Washington, DC

A two day expert workshop (June 11th – June 12th), co-organized by members of the STAP, OAS, UNEP and the GEF Secretariat, provided a platform to discuss the preliminary findings of the upcoming report – The Political Economy of Regionalism and International Waters. The report explores the increasing influence of regional political and economic organizations such as – the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), East African Community (EAC), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Organization of American States (OAS), Central American Integration System (SICA), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and others – in various projects and programs developed by the... Read More

Photo courtesy of IISD Reporting Service/ENB Photo by Franz Dejon Photo courtesy of IISD Reporting Service/ENB
Photo by Franz Dejon

The governing Council of the Global Environment Facility welcomed Dr. Rosina Bierbaum on the 19th of June, 2013.

Dr. Bierbaum is a Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at the University of Michigan. She served as Dean of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment from 2001 to 2011. In April 2009 President Obama named Dr. Bierbaum to the President’s... Read More

cbp2_0 Soil Organic Carbon Project Team

[T]he STAP participated at the UNCCD’s Second Scientific Conference held 9-12 April 2013 in Bonn, Germany. The conference theme was Economic Assessment of Desertification, Sustainable Land Management and Resilience of Arid, Semi-arid and Dry Sub-humid Areas. The STAP contributed to the Conference by designing and leading a 90 minute session titled “GEF Special Session on Carbon – a Valuable Global Benefit of Sustainable Land Management.” The session objectives were to ...

  • Demonstrate the importance of the current work... Read More

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