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About Marco Vinaccia
Marco Vinaccia
Expert, Climate Change
Phone: +47 948 04 222

While political science was my first love, my work experience has channelled my interests towards environmental sustainability, climate change, and the water-food-energy nexus, amongst others.

At GRID-Arendal, in collaboration with partners in West Africa, I lead the Scientific Research and Monitoring strategy of the ResilienSEA project. We collaborate at a regional and national level with the seven pilot countries (Mauritania to Sierra Leone) as well as with regional seagrass experts and managers to ensure the collection of seagrass presence data, monitoring of the health status of seagrass meadows, and the processing of said data in an online platform with open access for the benefit of regional and global researchers.

I also lead the global communications for the MAMI WATA project, and collaborate closely with the three pilot countries (Benin, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana) to help their outreach around the reports they are producing for State of Marine Environment (SoME) assessments, the CBD Ecologically and Biologically Significant marine Areas (EBSAs) framework, and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP).

Before joining GRID-Arendal, I worked with the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) where I helped develop the organisational engagement strategy, and raise awareness of the brand, as well as its products and achievements. Under AGEDI’s Local National Regional Climate Change Program (LNRCCP), I managed three projects around understanding the impacts of Climate Change on the Water-Energy Nexus in the Arabian Peninsula.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations (minor in African Studies) from the United States International University (USIU) in Nairobi, and I am currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Environmental Management with the University of London’s (UoL) School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

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