Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) (Philippines) - Chair Chamber 3 -Social
Arturo R. Barrit, is chief of the Environmental Protection and Safety Office of the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP). As such he is in charge of the trade union’s environmental and sustainable development programmes. He conceptualised the trade union’s environmental programme before the holding of the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. He introduced the trade union’s involvement on reforestation program called ‘The Tree Farm Lease Agreement (TFLA)’. This is one of the tenurial rights of the government and the first of its kind wherein a union was awarded a 25-year lease reforestation programme by the government, which started in 1996.
Arturo has participated in numerous UN sponsored conferences and meetings. He is also the SAICM Focal Person representing NGO – Trade Union in the Philippines, and has submitted a project proposal under the SAICM Quick Start Programme on chemicals for the agricultural workers belonging to the ALU-TUCP. He is also on the Board of Trustees of an NGO for farmers called Mag-uugmad Foundation based in Cebu City, Philippines.
Kenya Forestry Research Institute - KEFRI - Chamber 5
Meshack has been employed by KEFRI since 1990 and is now a Principal Research Officer charged with problem analysis, project development and management, science writing, formulation of policy briefs, information dissemination, monitoring and evaluation, training, partnerships and networking.
Centre for Empowerment and Development - Chamber 3
Laxman Neupane, is the Manager for the Centre for Empowerment and Development (CED) Nepal based in Bhaisepati, Lalitpur, Nepal. He joined CED Nepal in 2013 working for the Governance, Human Development and Sustainability Program, and promotes sustainable smallholder biofuels in Nepal.
Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN) - Chamber 5
Kateryna is currently completing a Master’s degree in Strategic eco design at Université de Montréal and has experience working with sustainable business strategies in the aviation industry, particularly with the emerging sector of alternative aviation fuels.
Liisa Ranta is a Sustainability Manager at UPM Biofuels Development, based in Helsinki, Finland. She is responsible for sustainability and regulative matters related to different biofuels development initiatives.
Leonardo B. Rosario is a development manager with more than 30 years professional experience in project development and management, sustainability auditing and participatory action research, among others.
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