Sam Sesega has over 20 years experience in natural resources management, environmental
protection and biodiversity conservation in the Pacific Islands. Since 2003, he
is a principal of the environmental consulting company Pacific Environment Consultants
Ltd (PECL) based in Apia, Samoa. PECL has a growing portfolio of consulting projects
in environmental planning, natural resource management, project design and evaluation
and project management, with a clientele including Pacific governments, non-government,
private sector agencies and organizations, as well as bilateral and international
development agencies and funding organizations.
Prior to setting up PECL in 2003, Sesega worked for 6 years with the Secretariat
for the Pacific Environment Program (SPREP), initially as a resource management
and later as its nature conservation strategy coordinator.
During this period, Sesega coordinated and provided technical advice and support to Pacific
Island countries whilst negotiating the Cartagena Protocol
on Biosafety. He co-ordinated
and was a facilitator for the Pacific Regional Biosafety Workshop in March Apia,
2001, and represented SPREP in the UNEP-GEF Project on Development of National Biosafety
Frameworks First Regional Asia-Pacific Workshop in Beijing China in March 2002.
From 1994-1997, Sesega worked as an advisor with the Secretariat for the Pacific
Community, coordinating the UNDP funded Pacific Sustainable Development Network
and dealing with technical forestry issues. From 1991-1994, Sesega was Samoa’s Principal
Environment Officer, heading a two-year old Division of Environment and Conservation.
In this capacity, Sesega oversaw the expansion of Samoa’s environmental agency,
and at the international level, played a lead role in drafting of the existing text
of Chapter 17 (G) of the Earth Summit’s Agenda 21. From 1986-1990, Sesega was Project
Manager for the ADB/NZAID/Samoa funded Samoa Forest Development Project.
Sam Sesega holds a M.Sc. honours first class degree in natural resource management
from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, B.Sc. Forestry from the University
of the Philippines, and a Diploma in Forestry from the Papua New Guinea College
of Forestry. He also completed an advanced training in forest resource planning
from the ANU’s National Center for Development Studies. Sesega is well known within the environment fraternity in the Pacific Islands region having had direct dealings
with almost all Pacific Island countries and their environmental agencies while
working for SPREP and SPC.