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About Valentin Vasilyevich Emelin
Valentin Vasilyevich Emelin
Programme Leader, Environmental Crime Programme, and Senior Advisor to the Managing Director
Phone: +47 995 12 229

I hold the PhD degree in chemistry (specializing in the technology of polymenrs) from the Leningrad Institute of Technology (USSR) and a Master of Public Administration (specializing in management of non-profit organizations and international development) from Harvard University (USA). 


I have nearly 30 years of experience in environmental information management and communication, focusing on assessments and reporting. This includes integrated state-of-the environment reports and their adaptation for the general public, use of electronic and visual communication tools for environmental information management, in particular transboundary water resources. Climate change, environmental crime, building capacity of national and local environmental authorities and enhancement of public participation are also part of my work. I have good knowledge of the state of the environment as well as the administrative and communication culture in EECCA countries. I have participated in the Program on Negotiations in Harvard University, where I took a course in negotiations and later taught the course module Negotiation Skills and Techniques in the Environment and Diplomacy Summer Course at the UNEP University of Geneva.


I have worked with GRID-Arendal for the last 16 years, headed a number of big programs and two divisions, was the member of the management team and elected twice as the staff representative. Currently I lead the Environmental Crime program, focusing on the main areas of organized environmental crime, in particular illegal logging, mining and fisheries in partnership with the INTERPOL, UNEP and other stakeholders. In parallel, I work on the Caspian programme, facilitating the work of the Interim Secretariat of the Framework Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea (Tehran Convention).

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