Rahul Chand as Fiji’s Delegation lead at the 2nd session of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in Bonn- Germany 2014

Rahul is an environment specialist in biodiversity conservation, planning and policy implementation. Rahul has over 10 years of experience working in Government and non government organizations particularly in areas of implementing biodiversity strategies and action plans. He worked as the Programme Coordinator for National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAP) at the Department for Environment in Fiji before being promoted as the Senior Environment Officer managing Fiji’s Global Environment Facility (GEF) www.thegef.org projects on the thematic area biodiversity, climate change and land degradation. As the NBSAP Project Coordinator, Rahul was  primarily involved with accession of Nagoya Protocol by Fiji, building  national capacities on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit sharing under the Nagoya Protocol and provided support to Biosafety (products that are genetically modified) activities under the Cartagena Protocol. As one of the key biodiversity planning officers in Government, Rahul also represented in High Level global negotiations on biodiversity conservation and policy planning and resource mobilization. He represented Fiji at the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services www.ipbes.net , a Intergovernmental agency established by a United Nations General Assembly Resolution. In 2014 Rahul represented Fiji at the Conference of the Parties ( COP) for the Convention of Biological Diversity www.cbd.int in Korea followed by CBD COP in 2016 as Fiji’s Head of Delegation. Rahul was COP MOP (NP) Bureau Member nominated by the Pacific Island Countries at the 11th Joint Plenary Meeting. Since his appointment as the Senior Environment Officer for GEF programmes, Rahul attended numerous regional and international meetings with the donor sector including the GEF Council Meeting in 2016 in Washington DC representing the Pacific Constituency on behalf of Fiji Government. 


Rahul (right) with Prof. Randy Thaman at the Conference

Rahul is currently employed as the Capacity Building Officer on ABS (Nagoya Protocol) for the 14 Pacific Island Countries based at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme in Apia – Samoa www.sprep.org . Rahul enrolled with Masters of Science (Biodiversity Conservation) and completed Post Graduate Diploma in Climate Change from University of the South Pacific. Rahul holds Bachelor of Applied Science ( Environmental Studies)from Auckland University of Technology.