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Independent experts nominated by country party

Mariam Akhtar-Schuster

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Discipline of Expertise
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Plant Science
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Geographical Focus
Job function
Member of Steering Committee
DesertNet International
Telephone number
49 404 2816533
Work experience
Long-term field work experience in the eastern Sahel (Sudan) and in Namibia on the causes and effects of land degradation and desertification. Interdisciplinary and participatory approach in field work with close links to national ministries, NGOs and research institutes in Africa. Cooperation experience with UN agencies, specifically UNCCD.Development of national, regional and global scientific communication networks: Co-founder of DesertNet Germany, European DesertNet and DesertNet International and GNDRI. Coordination of the national scientific biodiversity secretariat (Diversitas Germany) and close cooperation with VERSITAS International. Senior scientific advisor the project management of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Member DSD which in close cooperation with CST organized the first scientific UNCCD Conference in Buenos Aires/Argentina in 2009.
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
PhD, land degradation and desertification in the Sahel, University of Goetting,Germany,1995
Number of Publications
Publication titles
1. Chasek,P., Essahli, W., Akhtar-Schuster,,M., Stringer,,L. Thomas, R. 2010. Integrated Land Degradation Monitoring and Assessment: Horizontal Knowledge Management at the National and International Levels. Land Degradation & Development, in press._x000D_
2. Akhtar-Schuster, M., Thomas, R., Stringer,L., Chasek,P., Seely, M. 2010. Improving the enabling environment to combat land degradation: institutional, financial, legal and cience-policy challenges and solutions. Land Degradation & Development, in press._x000D_
3. Stringer, L.C., Thomas, R.J., Akhtar-Schuster, M. 2010. Expand scientific input to address environmental effects. Nature 465, 869._x000D_
4. Winslow, M.D., Vogt, J.V., Thomas, R. J., Sommer, S, Martius, C. and Akhtar- Schuster, M. 2010. Science for improving the Monitoring and Assessment of Dryland Degradation. Land Degradation & Development in press_x000D_
5. Akhtar-Schuster, M., Bigas, H, Thomas, R. 2010. Monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation: knowledge management, institutions and economics. White paper of the DSd Working Group 3. UNU desertification series No.9. UNU-INWEH.
Other activities
1. Member of DesertNet International_x000D_
2. Member of GNDRI_x000D_
3. Member of DesertNet Germany
1. Book award of the Faculty of Geo-sciences (University of Goettingen, Germany) in recognition of the field research results and the PhD work on the topic of land degradation and desertification (1995)
Organisation name
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit
Organisation street address
Projekttrager im DLR e.V_x000D_
10178 Berlin
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