1. L E S R E N C O N T R E S D E L A T E R R E F E S T I V A L for the environment and science funded by the Mariolopoulos-Kanaginis Foundation for Environmental Science 2 0 1 0 │Scientific coordinator: Ms Sylvie Gruszow │Partners: Conférences Sans Frontières ◦ National Observatory of Athens ◦ Goulandri Museum of Natural History ◦ Embassy of France, French Institute of Athens ◦ Patakis Publications ◦ Centre of Applied Industrial Design (CAID)◦ French School in Athens Eugène Delacroix. │SOFIA SPIROU was responsible for organizing a three day section in the Festival undertaking to plan, organize and animate public talks on the theme of biodiversity and its conservation.
2. U N I T E D N A T I O NS E N V I R O N M E N T P R O G R A M M E Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP MAP) │Consultancy 2 0 1 0 Authoring content, leading and overseeing the planning and implementation of a new website for the MED POL Programme, the marine pollution assessment and control component of UNEP MAP. │Click here to view the website
3. D I A L O G U E O N W A T E R in the Middle East and North African Region a capacity building project aiming at resolution of conflicts on the use of a common water resource in two locations in Jorfan and Morocco through support and facilitation of stakeholder involvement and development of a dialogue. Funded by German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), InWEnt Capacity Building International 2 0 0 6 – 2 0 0 7 │Partners: Arab Water Council ◦ Agence du Bassin Hydraulique du Bassin du Sebou, ABHS, Morocco ◦ Ministry of Environment, Jordan ◦ IUCN office for West Asia (WESCANA) ◦ Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative of the Ramsar Convention (MedWet) │SOFIA SPIROU acted as communications expert working with MedWet to implement the communications work program.
4. T W I N N I N G O F M e d W e t W I T H T W O N G O s in the South East Mediterranean for capacity building in wetland management, a project co-funded by the European Commission, DG Environment 2006-2007 │Project Leader: Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative of the Ramsar Convention (MedWet) │Communications Coordinator: Sofia Spirou │Partners: Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) ◦ The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), Jordan
5. M e d W e t I N F O R M A T I O N A N D K N O W L E D G E N E T W O R K for the sustainable development of wetland ecosystems, an environmental science project aiming to provide an inventory method and tools for easy storage, retrieval, and processing of wetland data for better management and wise use of wetland resources. Co-funded by the European Commission INTERREG instrument 2 0 0 5 – 2 0 0 8 │Project Leader: Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative of the Ramsar Convention (MedWet) │Communications Coordinator: Sofia Spirou │ Partners: Agenzia regionale per la protezione ambientale della Toscana (ARPAT) Italy ◦ Instituto da Conservação da Natureza (ICN), Lisbon ◦ Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat, France ◦ The Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre (EKBY), Greece ◦ University of Tartu, Estonia
6. P R OT E C T I O N O F N O R T H A F R I C A N W E T L A N D S project aiming to improve management of wetlands in the North African region through increasing scientific knowledge of wetlands, transfer of know-how from MedWet and strengthening international collaboration among participating countries in the Maghreb. Co-financed by LIFE Instrument, European Commission, DG Environment 2 0 0 4 -2 0 0 6 │ Project Leader: Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative of the Ramsar Convention │Communications Coordinator: Sofia Spirou │Partners: Direction Générale des Fôrets, Direction de la Conservation des Ressources Forestières, Algerie ◦ Départment du Ministère de l’ Agriculture, Maroc ◦ Département du Ministère de l’ Agriculture, Tunisie
7. U N I T E D N AT I O N S E N V I R O N M E N T P R O G R A M M E Mediterranean Action Plan(UNEP MAP) Consultancy 2 0 0 3 Planning, organizing and implementing a review of the status of NGOs involved in partnership with UNEP MAP.
8. U N I T E D N AT I O N S E N V I R O N M E N T P R O G R A M M E Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP MAP) / G LO B A L E N V I R O N M E N T F A C I L I T Y ( G E F ) Consultancy 2 0 0 1 – 2 0 0 2 The Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis of Pollution Issues in the Mediterranean (TDA) provides pollution data with analysis of root causes and possible pollution control measures, serving as a reference work for the region and indicating a concrete course of action for the reduction and elimination of pollution. │Scientific Coordinator: Fouad Abousamra, Ante Baric, Francesco Saverio Civili │Partners: Coordinating Unit of the Mediterranean Action Plan of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP MAP) ◦ Department of Environmental Chemistry CID-CSIC, Barcelona ◦ Blue Plan, Regional Activity Centre ◦ LARP-EMI ◦ METAP Middle East and North Africa Region ◦ Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture Natural Resources and Environment, Cyprus ◦ World Health Organisation EURO Secretariat ◦ Laboratory of Oceanography and Marine Ecology, Lebanese University ◦ Centre d’ Océanologie (COM) Université de la Méditerranée (aix Marseille II) ◦ Land Based Sources Marine and Coastal Environment Division, Ministry of the Environment, Israel ◦ International Waters / GEF Facility ◦ Specially Protected Areas Regional Activity Centre ◦ Northern Hemisphere Global International waters Assessment (GIEA) UNEP GIWA Coordination Office ◦ Centre IFREMER de Toulon-La-Seyne Département Polluants Chimiques ◦ MIO/ECSDE Mediterranean Information Office for the Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development ◦ Department of Environmental Studies University of Aegean ◦ Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Center ◦ Department of Environmental Engineering Dokuz Eylul University │SOFIA SPIROU edited the ‘Assessment of the Transboundary Pollution Issues in the Mediterranean’ a background document out of which evolved the Diagnostic Analysis (TDA).
9. I N T E R N A T I O N A L C E N T E R F O R T R A D E A N D S U S T A I N A B L E D E V E L O P M E N T (ICTSD) Consultancy 2 0 0 5 Book ‘Trading in Genes, Development Perspectives on Biotechnology, Trade and Sustainability’ Earthscan Publications, London │Editing Consultant Sofia Spirou │Partners: Institute of Economics and Sociology (IES) at Argentina’s National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) ◦ International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Cali, Colombia, ◦ Centro de Investigaciones para la Transformación (CENIT) in Buenos Aires, University of San Andrés ◦ Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong, Australia ◦ Genetic Resources Theme Group in the Genetic Resources and Biotechnology Center of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) ◦ Centro de Investigaciones para la Transformación (CENIT, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina ◦ UN High Level Panel on Civil Society, National Chamber of Commerce of Chile ◦ Intellectual Property Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ◦ Agriculture & Natural Resources Division of the KfW Bankengruppe
10. U N I T E D N AT I O N S E N V I R O N M E N T P R O G R A M M E Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP MAP) Consultancy 2 0 0 2 Implementing a qualitative analysis of the status of UNEP MAP civil society partnership.
11. C E N T E R F O R S C I E N C E A N D E N V I R O N M E N T (CSE) NGO based in New Delhi, India 1 9 9 9 Authoring content for ‘Poles Apart’ a publication devoted to analysis of multilateral environmental agreements with a development perspective and focusing particularly on environment related regulations and governance of international trade through the World Trade Organisation, negotiations relating to Climate Change. │Partners include: Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, Dhaka ◦ Both Ends, Amsterdam ◦ Climate Network Europe, Brussels ◦ Earth Negotiations Bulletin, New York ◦ ENDA- Tiers Monde, Dakar ◦ Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin ◦ International Centre for Environment and Development, Cairo ◦ Indonesian Forum for Environment (WALHI), Jakarta ◦ International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva ◦ International Institute for Environment and Development, London ◦ International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Amsterdam ◦ MS/Danish Association for International Cooperation, Copenhagen ◦ Norwegian Forum for Environment and Development, Oslo ◦ Sindh Rural Worker’s Cooperative Organisation, Sindh ◦ Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, Stockholm ◦ Umwelt & Entwicklung (WEED), Bonn ◦ Working Group on Traditional Resource Righs, Oxford ◦ Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Wuppertal