Cavaliere, Christina

Project Manager Sustainable Tourism, Capacity Building and Assessment Programme

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Christina Cavaliere currently serves as the Sustainable Tourism Project Manager at UNEP/GRID Arendal located in Arendal, Norway. Christina is also managing and researching climate change and sustainable tourism projects as a Senior Research Assistant and PhD candidate at the University of Otago in New Zealand. She has over a decade of international development and training program design experience in bio-cultural conservation initiatives as a consultant and NGOworker.
Christina held a previous position at The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) as Director of Training and Education based in Washington, DC for several years. She has direct technical experience within the global sustainable tourism industry and has led the development and management of numerous international research projects, consultancies and communication campaigns. Christina has designed and implemented conservation and sustainable tourism projects, training programmes, and applied researchwith partners on in over thirty countries, on six continents. She holds an undergraduate degree in environmental studies and has completed field research throughout South-East Asia, Central and South America including the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon River basin. She earned her Masters degree while living in Far North Queensland, Australia where she studied ecotourism, agroforestry and sustainable development at James Cook University. Her research examinedagroecotourism as a vehicle for promoting sustainable ecoagriculture in tropical systems.
Christina has a technical background in tourism projects involving agroforestry, sustainable agriculture, capacity building, climate change and carbon management, gender issues, artisan and fair trade cooperatives, small and medium enterprise development, environmental policy, planning and certification, and microfinance. She has extensive international experience in public speaking and community outreach in locations ranging from West Africa to El Salvador. She has spoken widely at international events, universities and meetings including United Nations conferences and workshops in Tanzania, Philippines, Norway, Svalbard, France and the United States, on various aspects of conservation and community developmentthrough sustainable tourism.

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Capacity Building & Assessment Division