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Adrian Martinez Blanco

Alexander von Humboldt Fellow

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Adrian Martinez is a Climate Protection fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. During his stay at IASS from April 2018 until February 2019, he will investigate about how Public Participation (PP) and Human Rights (HR) are intertwined in the Paris Agreement (PA) Framework to guarantee its transparency, justice and effectiveness. He will focus on exploring how these issues have been developed in the governance process at UNFCCC and how is this reflected in environmental policy and law in Costa Rica.

Adrian has a MA. on Environment, Development and Peace from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace and has a Licentiate and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Costa Rica. He is an active advocate on public participation and climate change awareness and is the Director of the NGO La Ruta del Clima, which develops advocacy work in Central America. He has participated in various events as speaker or guest lecturer and is a constant writer raising awareness on climate change related issues. As a consultant he has participated in various projects related to climate change, waste management and environmental policy-law.

EXPERIENCE

  • 2018 - Currently. Alexander von Humboldt Foundation International Climate Protection Fellow.
  • 2014 - Currently. La Ruta del Clima Director and Founder. NGO Actions for Climate Empowerment. Advocacy, public participation and awareness campaign on climate change policy and law.
  • 2016 - 2017. Consultancy: Benchmark of Central American Environmental Law. Business Association for Development.
  • 2014 - 2017. Fomento Desarrollo Consultant in Environmental Law and Policy, Sustainable Development, Peace and Climate Change. Policy analysis and carbon footprint processes advisor.
    1. Consultancy: Analysis of ecosystem-based adaptation measures proposed in NDCs of the Central American Region. IUCN and La Ruta del Clima.
    1. Consultancy: Policy and legal analysis of Non-Essential Services and waste management in conservation areas. ACEPESA.
    1. Consultancy: Climate Change Adaptation Fund. Project Water Watchers Fostering Community Adaptation to Climate Change. ALIARSE Foundation, Instituto Acueductos y Alcantarillados, y Fundecooperación.
    1. Consultancy: Local Sustainable Development through Municipal Waste Management ALIARSE Foundation, IFAM, and the United Kingdom Embassy.
  • 2013 - 2015. Consultancy: Development of a methodology guide for specific plans of sustainable Tourism in protected areas. ACEPESA.
    1. Consultancy: Project Social and Economic Inclusion of Informal Waste Workers of Liberia. Association for informal workers of a local landfill in Guanacaste. ACEPESA.
  • 2010-2012. Coordinator of the Legal Plan of Habilitación Social: Legal Counsel and support of Communal Development Project. Un Techo Para Mi País.
    1. Communal University Work of the University of Costa Rica. Legal counsel for the community members of Cachi, Cartago, in relation to Risk Management.
  • 2010-2011. Volunteering Programme of the University of Costa Rica. Environmental Projects. Development of internal policies and regulation.
  • 2008-2010. Legal Office of the Vice-Dean of Investigation University of Costa Rica. Study of research projects in regard to contracts signed by U.C.R.

EDUCATION

  • 2013-2014. Master of Arts on Environment, Development and Peace. United Nations Mandated University for Peace.
  • 2013-2014. Specialization Programme in Climate Change Policy. United Nations Mandated University for Peace
    1. Licentiate in Law. Faculty of Law. University of Costa Rica.
    1. Bachelor in Law. Faculty of Law. San Pedro, Costa Rica.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2017 - Currently. Head of Delegation of La Ruta del Clima at UNFCCC.
  • 2015 - Currently. Member of the World Commission on Environmental Law. IUCN.
    1. United Nations Climate Change Conference COP22. Part of the Costa Rican delegation and speaker at side events.
    1. South American Youth Conference on Water. GWP and La Ruta del Clima. Speaker and co-host.
    1. Central American Conference on Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya: Challenges and obstacles for public health. Universidad Nacional Autónoma of Honduras. Speaker on Climate Change and public health.
    1. Conference of the Central American French Institute - IFAC: Climate Change Challenges and obstacles of the Paris Agreement. Costa Rica. Speaker on citizen participation and climate governance.
    1. Central American Youth Conference on Water. GWP and La Ruta del Clima. Speaker and co-host.
    1. United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21. Part of the Costa Rican delegation and speaker at side events.
    1. Global Landscape Forum 2015. Paris. France. CGIAR
    1. Participant Mentorship Program Global Shapers. World Economic Forum.
    1. Meeting of experts on Climate Change Education for Latin America. UNESCO.
    1. United Nations Climate Change Conference COP20. Part of the Costa Rican delegation.
    1. Environmental Law Congress 2013. Lawyers Bar Costa Rica.
    1. Certificate of Participation First Assembly and Constitution of the National Movement of Costa Rican Recyclers.
    1. Certificate of Participation COP in My City. Earth Charter.
    1. Forum Sustainable Cities. Costa Rica.
    1. Latin American Carbon Forum. UNFCCC - Costa
  • Public Participation
  • Climate Change Governance
  • Human Rights
  • Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Community Based Adaptation
  • Environmental Policy
  • Right to Development
  • Actions for Climate Empowerment
  • Environmental Law
  • Integral Waste Management Policy

Publications at the IASS

Publications prior to joining the IASS

    1. Independent Study Climate Change Adaptation: A Sustainable and Adaptive Governance Approach. United Nations Mandated University for Peace
    1. Water Security in The Sixaola River Basin. Peace and Conflict Monitor.
    1. Final Graduation Research "Analysis of The Legal Structure of Integral Solid Waste Management and ist Social Implications due to the Solid Waste Management Law¨. University of Costa Rica.
  • 2018 Lecturer on Climate Change Law - Universität Freiburg
  • 2017 Speaker in Side Events about public participation and climate governance during the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP23.
    1. Speaker on citizen participation and climate governance at the Conference of the Central American French Institute - IFAC: Climate Change Challenges and obstacles of the Paris Agreement. Costa Rica.
    1. Speaker at the South American Youth Conference on Water.
    1. Speaker in Side Events during the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP22.
    1. Lecturer at the Central American Conference on Dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya: Challenges and obstacles for public health. Universidad Nacional Autónoma of Honduras.
    1. Speaker at the Central American Youth Conference on Water.
    1. Lecturer on Climate Change Governance for University Students at National University of Costa Rica and the Technological Institute of Costa Rica.
    1. Speaker at "INDC and Citizen Participation Forum". Foundation Fiedrich Eber
    1. Speaker in Side Events about public participation and climate governance during the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21.
  • 2018 Alexander von Humboldt Climate Protection Fellowship
  • 2014 Organization of American States - United Nations Mandated University for Peace Scholarship.