Jerker Tamelander, Head, Coral Reef Unit, UN Environment


Jerker is the Coordinator of the Regional Seas programme for the East Asian Seas (COBSEA). Managing the COBSEA Secretariat, overseeing strategy development and ongoing work to update and implement the Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter. Leads UN Environment’s coral reef work, focusing on climate change resilience, ecosystem service values in public and private decision making, and assessment and reporting for ecosystem-based management. Advises UN Environment on nature-based adaptation and mitigation in coastal areas. MSc in Marine Biology from Gothenburg University in Sweden, and 20 years of international experience in applied research, marine and coastal management and policy development, as an employee of the Government of Finland, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and UN Environment. Based in Bangkok, Thailand.