dr patrick chesney

Dr. Patrick Chesney is a family-oriented, dedicated and effective professional who has consistently employed a human rights based approach to human development and nature conservation. He is renowned for his work in the Guiana Shield having birthed the Guiana Shield Facility (GSF) for the promotion of, and delivery of support to, the conservation and sustainable development of the Guiana Shield ecoregion, one of three ecoregions of the Amazon biome. The work of this eco-regional platform (GSF) has been recognised by the Convention on Biological Diversity, the European Parliament (E-013974/2013) and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation (ACTO 2017; ISBN 978-85-61873-09-7. Dr. Chesney has more than 28 years of experience working in the fields of agricultural science, environment and human development. Currently, he is the Project Coordinator for the Capacity Building for Multilateral Environmental Agreements for African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries Programme at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. He has worked as a senior national staff with the United Nations Development Programme (2007-2017), Conservation International - Guyana (2005-2007) and the National Agricultural Research Institute (1990-2005). He is a graduate of the Guyana School of Agriculture (Diploma in Agriculture, 1984), University of Guyana (B.Sc. Agriculture, 1990), University of Puerto Rico (M.Sc. Horticulture, 1994) and Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) in Costa Rica (Ph.D. Agroforestry, 2000). He also attended the University of Göttingen (1997-1998) as part of the PhD sandwich programme with CATIE. Dr. Chesney was the GRULAC nominee for co-Chair of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework Open-Ended Working Group, nominee for the Tällberg Foundation Global Leadership Prize in 2016, a recipient of two grants for young scientists from the International Foundation for Science (1999 and 2003), and a recipient of the Guyana Ministry of Agriculture Prize for outstanding contribution to agriculture as Worker Professional in 1996. He is a member of the International Society for Horticultural Science and the Caribbean Academy of Science. Dr. Chesney is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Guyana Protected Areas Trust; a Member of the Iwokrama Science Committee and Guyana representative on the Board of Governors for the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre. He is a part-time Lecturer at the University of Guyana (UG), and member of the PhD Biodiversity Management Committee. Dr. Chesney is the author of several published scientific papers in peer reviewed books and journals, and a reviewer for the Agroforestry Science journal.