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  • Raya Salter is an energy law, policy and regulation lawyer and professor working with governments, private companies, institutions and NGOs, in
    domestic and international jurisdictions to advance a transition from fossil fuel to clean and renewable power. She is an expert on utility and energy sector reform and energy law and policy with a focus on grid modernization and clean energy integration. Ms. Salter's practice is focused on Hawaii and Pacific islands.

    Raya has 10 years of experience as an attorney. This includes NGOs, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund, where she advocated for clean energy policy and utility reform in 9 states. Ms. Salter also worked in private with the firm of Dewey & LeBeouf in New York City, working on utility mergers and acquisitions and energy regulation. Raya has a JD from Fordham Law School and a BA in economics from Wesleyan University. She is also a Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School.

  • PNG - Legal Officer Prime Ministers Department
    PNG - Lecturer in Law UPNG
    Samoa - Parliamentary Counsel
    Independent Legal Consultant - Countries: Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, Palau, Niue and Maldives.
    Fields of work: Government administration and policy development; legislative reviews and drafting; advocacy; legal training; resource management;, water resources and sanitation, road and land transport infrastructure management legislation, environmental and waste management legislation; maritime conventions and legislation; climate and meteorology, natural disaster legislation, resolution of inter-governmental disputes, international conventions; indigenous organisations and land ownership.

    Candidate in Master of Business Administration, USP RMI, (4 more courses needed)
     Master of Legal Studies in International and Environmental Law, Australian National University 2002
     Certificate in World Affairs, East West Center University of Hawaii, 2004
     Certificate Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Studies, Waikato University, 1998
     Bachelor’s of Arts Natural Sciences, University of Hawaii at Hilo, 1994-1997

     Legal Drafting, Parliament Sponsored Workshop, 2006
     International Treaty Negotiations, SPREP, 2005
     Strategic Planning, held in Guam USA, 2006
     Budget/Financial Preparations, Majuro 2005
     Environmental and Sustainable Development Project Design
     Greenhouse gas inventory, Fiji 1998
    COUNTRIES OF WORK EXPERIENCE: Republic of Marshall Islands, Pacific and International

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  • Environment & development consultant with 10 years’ experience in 7 sectors in 16 countries, including 10 Caribbean & Pacific SIDS. Key highlights:

    2014 Climate Change Project Officer, The Australian National University
    2013-2014 Sustainable Financing Consultant, Cuso International
    2013 Marine Protected Areas Expert, GOPA Consultants
    2012-2013 Policy Research Manager, Caribbean Policy Research Institute
    2012 Executive Director/Park Manager (World Heritage Site), Jamaica Conservation & Development Trust
    2011 Climate Change Consultant, Environmental Solutions Ltd
    2011-2012 Environmental Project Manager, Conrad Douglas & Associates Ltd
    2007-2009 Environment & Sustainable Development Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Currently self-directing PhD research into climate change adaptation in SIDS. Seeking to use my qualifications & skills to help limit human-induced climate change, & ensure that adaptation actions in SIDS meet their development & resilience needs & goals.

  • My area of expertise is in the field of Civil and Environmental Engineering specializing in;
    • water resources engineering and integrated management,
    • civil and environmental engineering design of infrastructures,
    • environmental risk assessment and minimization, climate change analysis,
    • urban hydrology, water demand forecasting and allocation framework,
    • hydrological, hydraulic and watershed modelling,
    • system dynamic and model development.
    Qualifications: Ph.D (Env Eng). University of Melbourne (UoM), Australia, ME. The University of Auckland, BE. Unitec Institute of Tech
    Employment History:

    HARC, Melbourne
    Senior Water Resources Engineer – Candor3 Ltd, NZ, 2014 – Present.
    Quest Lecturer – Unitec Institute of Technology, NZ, 2014 – Present.
    Research Fellow: UoM, Australia, 2014.
    Fellow/Lecturer: BYU, USA, 2012 – 2013.
    Water Resources Engineer: Division of Water Resources, Utah, USA, 2013 – 2014.
    Tutor: UoM, 2008 - 2010.
    Env Engineer: Wood & Partners Consultants Ltd, 2007.

  • Dr. Margaretha Wewerinke has a broad range of experience related to human rights, climate change and sustainable development. She has advised governments and NGOs on questions of international law at climate negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and in relation to potential legal claims related to loss and damage caused by climate change. She designed and taught a 10-day capacity building workshop on the added value of a human rights approach to climate change for Pacific Island states at the University of the South Pacific's PaCE-SD in Suva, Fiji in 2011 and is now teaching International Climate Change Law and Regional Environmental Law at the Emalus Campus of USP in Vanuatu. Her consultancy and capacity building work has focused on using domestic courts as well as international mechanisms - such as the UN Human Rights Council - to raise concerns related to climate change and its adverse effects on the enjoyment of human rights.

  • Over 27 years of experience on international development projects, focusing on coastal management, ICZM, coastal adaption, climate policy, wetland biodiversity management and catchment management. Over 12 years’ experience of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) including programmes that involve participatory planning processes, conducting feasibility studies, the assessment climate change and small island state environmental management and the design of programme implementation involving climate change.Over 10 years’ experience in institutional assessment and identification of capacity and organisational constraints within public administration, private sector, civil society (mostly in small island states). Extensive knowledge of donor agency development policies relating to disaster risk, climate change and coastal adaptation. Strong working experience for SPREP since 2011 in Tuvalu, Tonga, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Fiji, FSM, Samoa. Strong experience in many other SIDs globally.

  • Barbara is a climate change and disaster risk reduction specialist with more than 16 years of direct professional in-the-field experience. She has provides advisory services in policy and program development, program and project evaluation, training and capacity building, to national and local government agencies and international and regional organizations, including the United Nations system and NGOs with focus on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation for resilient development, food security, gender, policy leadership and advocacy. She is specialised in programmes aiming at climate change and disaster risk reduction mainstreaming into national and sector response policies, strategies and plans.

    She has used multi-stakeholder participatory approaches in Pacific countries and has proven hands-on expertise in-the-field. She worked with government and beneficiary institutions to formulate policies and implement programmes. She was responsible for the formulation of national policies, vulnerability assessment, gender, disaster risk reduction and natural hazards prevention and mitigation through the promotion of long-term strategies to adaptation planning for effective aid delivery at national and regional level. In her work she has developed funding recommendation, strategic positioning, partnership and recommended doable and realistic implementation plans, including timelines, costing and roles and responsibilities.

    She holds a Master’s Degree in Global Environmental Protection and International Policies and is an active member of the Pacific Infrastructure Advisory Centre and Adaptation Learning mechanism as well as the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery East Asia and the Pacific Disaster Knowledge Network. Barbara is serving on United Nations Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • Senior management experience working in international and regional institutions in the Pacific: Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (Coordinator/Legal Adviser); United National Development Programme-GEF Unit Asia-Pacific (Regional Technical Adviser- Pacific and Timor Leste); Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency(Director Operations). Secretariat Pacific Community (Climate Change Adviser), Pilot Program Climate Resilience- Regional Track Pacific (Team Leader/Program Manager); Provision of high level policy advice to leaders and senior government officials of Pacific island countries on environmental and natural resource issues of importance to Pacific at international, regional and national settings. In particular the effective integration of environmental and sustainable development considerations into national development planning and decision processes; Over 15 years management experience with expertise in strategic planning and implementation of programmes; preparation of annual work plans and budgets, staff management, organizational review and change; Formulation, development, implementation support and monitoring of projects for the Global Environment Fund, United Nations Environment Programme, European Union, ADB, World Bank, Australia, Canada and New Zealand; Experienced in Partnership building and resource mobilization; Excellent communication skills and success at managing personnel from different cultures and backgrounds in challenging and competitive environments; Responsible for driving the development and finalisation of The Pacific Islands Regional Framework on Climate Change 2006-2015 (endorsed by Pacific Island leaders in 2006) and the Regional Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Strategy 2010-2015 (endorsed Pacific Island Fisheries Ministers May 2010). The importance of effective integration of environmental and sustainable development considerations national development planning is recognised in both strategic frameworks as well as the Pacific Plan endorsed by Forum Island leaders; Technical Consultant for Asia Development Bank and co-drafter of the Planning Urban Management Act, Samoa 2004; Experienced in advocacy, legal drafting, litigation, drafting ministerial and official interventions, preparations of briefs.

  • Dr. Bartlett has been living and working in Melanesia since 2002, currently as Knowledge Manager for the Australia-Pacific Climate Partnership. His extensive work with communities, civil society, private sector and governments in the Pacific have shaped his current action research interests. These include innovative and science-based solutions and strategies for dealing with change in the Pacific, including climate change. After his PhD at James Cook University, he joined Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom's lab at Indiana University to investigate the emergence of networks of community-based MPAs and taboos. Dr. Bartlett resides in Port Vila, Vanuatu and makes frequent consulting, speaking and training trips around the world.

  • Director, Strategy, Governance and Engagement - Responsible for leading the governance and legal functions of the environment department. Responsibilities include the following:
    - Providing governance advice to the Secretary of the Department
    - Ensuring that the department has access to high quality, timely legal advice
    - Ensuring that the risk and audit function of the department is operating effectively
    - Chair of the Accredited Purchasing Unit
    - Assisting a significant restructure of the Department
    During the 12 months I worked with the Government of Nauru, I provided technical, policy and planning advice across a range of areas including climate change, renewable energy, waste management, biodiversity conservation and integrated water resource management. My key projects included:
    - Working in close partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat to develop and finalise the Pacific Climate Change Finance Assessment Framework - Nauru Case Study
    - Working in partnership with GIZ/SPC on the development of an Energy Road Map for the Government of Nauru
    - Working with the Government of Nauru to develop and finalise the National Water Sanitation and Hygiene Policy and Implementation Plan
    - Assisting in the development of RONAdapt, the Republic of Nauru Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Framework
    For 3 years I was the Executive Director responsible for climate change policy and projects within the South Australian Government. This included the effective financing of climate change projects and ensuring that key institutional and human capacity frameworks were in place. Some of my key projects during this period included:
    - The development of South Australia’s Adaptation Framework following exhaustive national and state consultations with academics, the private sector, senior officials and ministers and extensive research. The Framework has received national recognition in Australia for its innovative and collaborative approach to climate change adaptation. The World Bank is also in the process of investigating the approach to determine its applicability to other parts of the world.
    - Development and implementation of the South Australian Government’s international climate change program. This program included the provision of assistance to regions in developing countries.
    - Work with local government, state government and the private sector on an innovative financing mechanism to facilitate the retrofitting of energy efficiency measures in office accommodation in South Australia.
    - Overseeing the development of a low emission vehicle strategy for South Australia to accelerate uptake of these vehicles in the state
    - Overseeing various demonstration projects, which were funded through South Australia’s Building Innovation Fund, including trials of mini-wind turbine and co-generation technologies and the installation of green roofs on large office building
    I led the development of climate change policy for the South Australian Government. Some key projects that I was responsible for during that time include:
    - The development of Tackling Climate Change: South Australia’s Greenhouse Strategy which is South Australia's long-term response to climate change and which was developed after significant consultation with industry, community, academia, local councils and government. The strategy sets out specific goals and targets for South Australia, recommended ways to achieve them and identifies key action areas.
    - Work on a net metering policy for the State to increase the use of renewable energy at the household level. As a result of this policy South Australia now has the highest rate of solar roof top penetration in the country, with 170,000 households with solar panels, twice the national average.
    During this period I had lead responsibility for the Corporation’s policy and strategy function. This included responsibility for the following functions and projects:
    - Providing policy and strategic advice to the Corporation’s Board and CEO
    - Developing a strategic plan for the Corporation
    - Contributing to the development of a national film policy framework, including a new film funding model
    - Developing a business case for a major film studio hub for South Australia
    - Working with the South Australian film industry on an industry development plan
    - Providing advice to CEO and Board on public sector governance issues
    I was responsible for leading the policy function within the office of the secretary of the department. This included responsibility for the following functions and projects:
    - Providing policy advice and analysis to the Secretary and relevant Government Ministers on transport, urban planning and urban regeneration issues
    - Contributing to the preparation of the Departments budget proposals, budget papers and annual report
    - Supporting and advising Boards and Committees associated with the Department
    - Providing advice to Ministers and the Secretary regarding law reform including during the parliamentary process
    - Developing whole of government and regional approaches to urban regeneration, service delivery and economic development

  • Specialist Consultant
    Sustainable Development Law Policy and Institutions Adviser/Legal Drafting/Climate Change Adaptation

    Countries of Work Experience: Asia-Pacific: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Vanuatu
    Other regions: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Comoros, Dominica, Egypt, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Madagascar, Mauritius, Montserrat, Norway, Seychelles, South Africa, St. Christopher and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe
    Member - Pilot Program on Climate Resilience (PPCR) Independent Review Expert Roster appointed by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF)
    Member, Roster of Experts (Climate Change) appointed by the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
    Member - Roster of Experts (Climate Change) appointed by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
    Member - Roster of Legal Experts on Biosafety (Latin America and Caribbean), appointed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
    Elected member of the International Council of Environmental Law(ICEL) (based at the Environmental Law Centre of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in Bonn, Germany)
    Member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
    Advocate of the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe
    Chartered Mediator (Environment) accredited by the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada (AMIC) - Chair of the Accreditation and Training Committee (Regional), 1996-2002
    Member, Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Environmental Auditing (APEA) - Member of the Standards, Training and Accreditation Committee, 1996-2002
    Former Member of the Standards Committee appointed by the Forest Stewardship Council for Atlantic Canada