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CPB Regional Advisors for Pacific Islands

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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 specialist, 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.