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    Oliver Hillel

    Programme Officer
    Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

    Oliver Hillel has been a Programme Officer at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD, administered by the United Nations Environment Programme) in Montreal, Canada, for the last 6 years. He is responsible for the issues of South-South cooperation, sub-national implementation (involvement of States, Regions and cities), Sustainable Tourism, and Island Biodiversity. A biologist with a master’s Degree in Environmental Education and MBAs on Managerial Accounting and Hotel Management, Oliver has over 24 years’ experience on international cooperation and negotiations on sustainable tourism, event organization, and training and capacity building programs across many themes and issues related to sustainable development. Previously, he was the team leader for a tourism development cooperation project in the Philippines, Tourism Programme Coordinator for UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics based in Paris, France, and Ecotourism Program director for Conservation International. He also worked for SENAC, a professional training institution in his home country Brazil, where he created and managed training and consulting services for hotels, restaurants, and theme parks. For the past 6 years, Oliver has coordinated the SCBD’s activities involving cities and subnational authorities, supporting negotiations that led to the adoption of a Plan of Action for Subnational Governments, Cities and other Local Authorities. He has also co-organized more than 15 meetings including three Cities and Biodiversity Summits parallel to meetings of the Conference of the Parties, and produced the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook, a reference publication on the links between urbanization and biodiversity.

    August 26, 2015

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    Inspiring Urban Youth for a Biodiversity-Friendly Approach to Development
    Oliver Hillel, Montreal
    Manuela Gervasi, Montreal

    The challenge of integrated approaches We all know that we are living in a deep crisis regarding the rate of our use of natural resources. We also know that addressing these problems will have inter-related and resonating effects. Such interconnection also has good...

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    February 4, 2015

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    The Bright Side of Indigenous Urbanization for Biodiversity 
    Henrique Mercer, Montreal
    Viviana Figueroa, Montreal
    Andre Mader, Montreal
    Oliver Hillel, Montreal

    Over time, cities originated wherever indigenous cultures agglomerated and planned links between their settlements and peri-urban ecosystems for the provision of water, food and other goods and services. Not by coincidence, these settlements often occurred in biodiversity hotspots—and we know...

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    February 23, 2014

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    The UN in the Urban Anthropocene
    Oliver Hillel, Montreal
    Jose Puppim, Johor Bahru / Cambridge / Rio

    Today, we live in the ‘Urban Anthropocene’. This expression combines the global trend towards urbanization and the neologism ‘Anthropocene’, the term an ecologist would be forced to use these days to describe Homo sapiens as the key structuring species that...

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    July 26, 2013

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    Nature in Movement: Bird Flyways as Engines of Economic Growth and Conservation for City Managers
    Oliver Hillel, Montreal

    In our transition from rural to urban life (arguably the largest ever migration of humans on Earth), we lose contact with Nature—that we already knew. It is not easy to find ways to raise awareness of the beauty, as well...

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    February 17, 2013

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    Port Cities and Nature: The Experience of Brest Métropole Océane and the Maritime Innovative Territories International Network
    Oliver Hillel, Montreal

    Une version en français suit immédiatement dans cet espace. Just as human activities change the face of our planet, the habits of maritime and port city residents have a disproportionate influence on the fate of coastal and marine biodiversity. We...

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    November 14, 2012

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    Let’s Reinvent the Wheel: Helping Local Governments Protect Nature
    Oliver Hillel, Montreal

    Coming just out of the whirlwind of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Hyderabad, India, from 8 to 19 October 2012, there are many reasons to celebrate. The Convention brings...

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