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Diane Douglas
Principal Scientist , Private Consultant
Kelowna, Canada
Native English speaker with a Ph.D. in climatology, and 30 years experience in environmental and social sciences. I have served as a Team Leader in Africa, Asia and North America for the World Bank, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, EBRD and UNDP. Seeking international opportunities as climate expert and/or Team Leader.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
Professional Experience:
I have 30 years of experience as a consultant with increasing levels of responsibility. Throughout the 1990's, I served as a project manager and principal investigator for over 100 environmental and social assessments in the western USA. In the early 2000s I became a regional director of cultural resource division for URS Corporation (now AECOM), and from 2007-2011 served as as a Principal Investigator and Chief Marketing Officer for Statistical Research Inc.
Since 2011, I have served as TEAM LEADER AND LEAD AUTHOR on several large scale projects in Eurasia and Africa, including: for the UNDP Bosnia-Herzegovina Country Office and Turkey Regional Office Sub-regional Human Development Report on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. I worked with 7 country offices of the UNDP and the Istanbul Regional Hub to gather data and evaluate climate change, flood risks and other climate associated hazards for vulnerable populations (women, children, elderly, disabled, migrants) in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The work encompassed a risk analysis and vulnerability assessment for rural and urban centers in the 7 countries, and developing a plan to make these countries more resilient to climate induced hazards.

TEAM LEADER AND LEAD AUTHOR: for a SESA for REDD+ Implementation in Mozambique, funded by the World Bank. The project evaluated the potential environmental and social impacts and opportunities associated with implementing a program to reduce deforestation and degradation (REDD) in the country, including evaluating institutional capacity, the country’s legal framework for implementing REDD+ and making recommendations for capacity building and modifying the existing legal framework so that REDD implementation is feasible, identifying other strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing carbon sequestration in the country. The Team Leadership position also included providing oversight of and writing the program Environmental Social Management Framework (ESMF), and Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF), January 2015-June 2016.

TEAM LEADER for the Environmental Social Audit, Environmental Management Plans, and Biodiversity Management Plan, for the Hwange Power Station, Zimbabwe, with funding from the African Development Bank. The project was undertaken in two phases, with the first conducted from Sept 2013- August 2014, and the second from Sept 2015 to January 2016. The first phase provided a gap analysis of existing policies and procedures in place at the HPS to monitor impact of power plant operations on the environmental and nearby communities, evaluated the effectiveness of these policies and procedures and made recommendations for improving them. The study required several meetings with AfDB, HPS operations management, groundwater and surface water studies, examination of current waste water and sewage treatment plants and outflows, biodiversity studies (terrestrial and fresh water), cultural heritage resource investigations (tangible and intangible) to determine how the HPS is affecting these resources. Our team conducted extensive stakeholder engagement and community meetings, and performed a health risk assessment on the neighboring communities. The second phase entailed development of a Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) for the HPS facility, and provided training and capacity building for implementation of the BMP. Phase 1 Sept 2013-Aug 2014; Phase 2 Sept 2015- January 2016.
My Ph.D. is in geography from Arizona State University, with course work from the University of Arizona in dendroclimatology. My program emphasized biogeography, climatology, and human-environment interactions. For my dissertation I examined ENSO and PNO teleconnections spanning the Continental Divide (USA) for the past 1000 years, to provide insight to climate variability today.

My MSc is from the Climate Change Institute, University of Orono, Maine. My program of study emphasized reconstructing climate and environmental conditions during the Quaternary Period (2.2 million years). My thesis research reconstructed the past 12,000 years of climate in southwestern Montana, and I examined terminal Pleistocene and Holocene climate events as they affected human use of the landscape in the Beaverhead Range, Montana, USA.

My B.A. Distinction is in Anthropology from University of Alberta, Canada. My Honors thesis was in the field of behavioral anthropology and experimental archaeology.

Affiliations and Achievements:
I serve as an expert advisor on issues of climate change and disaster risk reduction for the following committees/councils:

Expert Reviewer for the United Nations Campus, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), technical reports and policy documents on climate change, ecosystem management, indigenous and local knowledge.
• Expert Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Provided review of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.
• Expert Member, ICOMOS/International Committee on Risk Preparedness, UNESCO advisory council
• Expert Member, IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management North America-Caribbean Region, and Climate Change Adaptation Group
• Expert Roster, UN Development Programme, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

I am also widely published, with my most recent book through Routledge Press on pre-order through Amazon UK.

Higgens, Valerie and Diane L. Douglas, 2021 (Editors)Communities in Heritage, Global Issues, Local Values. Routledge Press, Oxfordshire, UK.

other publications include:

Douglas, D.L. 2021. Understanding how indigenous knowledge can contribute to mitigating global climate change:Seeing the Forest and the Trees. In Communities in Heritage, Global Issues, Local Values. Edited by Valerie Higgens and Diane L. Douglas. Routledge Press, Oxfordshire, UK.

Douglas. D.L. 2018. Heritage, Climate Change, and Adaptation Planning. In Relevance and Application of Heritage in Contemporary Society, pp. 146-159. Edited by Chen Shen, Pei-Lin Yu, and George S. Smith. Routledge Press, Oxfordshire, UK.

Douglas. D.L., J.A. Homburg and M. Vendrig 2017. Agricultural Sustainability in the Soudo-Sahel: Climate Change and the Application of Traditional Knowledge to Enhance Agricultural Productivity. In Proceedings of the 13th Congress-PanAfrican Archaeological Association for Prehistory and Related Studies- PAA 20 Meeting-Society of Africanist Archaeologists-SFA Preserving African Cultural Heritage UCAD II, University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal, November 1-7, 2010. Edited by Ibrahima Thiaw and Homody Bocoum, pp. 475-486. MÉMOIRES DE L’IFAN - C. A. DIOP, n° 93

Douglas, D.L. 2014. Cultural Heritage Management Quality Control and Assurance. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, pp 1914-1921. General Editor, Claire Smith. Springer Press.

Douglas, Diane L. 2013. Climate Change Adaptation. In Encyclopedia of Crisis Management, pp 132-136. General Editors: Bradley Penuel, K., Matt Statler, and Ryan Hagen, New York University, Sage Publications.

Douglas, Diane L. 2013. Historical Analogies, Using. In Encyclopedia of Crisis Management, pp 469-473. General Editors: Bradley Penuel, K., Matt Statler, and Ryan Hagen, New York University, Sage Publications.

Douglas, D.L. 2012 Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Planning and Integrating Cultural Heritage Resource Consideration in Response to Disasters, ICOMOS/ICORP Toolkit, ICOMOS Publication Series.

Douglas, D.L. 2009. Changing World, Changing Views of Heritage: the impact of global change on cultural heritage Technological Change. International Scientific Committee (ISC) of ICOMOS, Symposium in Malta, for the UNESCO Guidance Report, 2009.

Douglas, D.L. 2009. Climate Change and Social Adaptation: How the Past Can Inform the Future. In Proceedings, Climates of Heritage Conservation, The Fifth International Ename Colloquim, March 18 to 20, 2009. Ghent, Belgium.

Jigaysu, R., G. Boccardi, C. Marrion, D. Douglas, J. King, G. O’Brien, G. Dolcemascolo, Y. Kim, P. Albrito, M. Osihn, M. Murthy 2013. Heritage and Resilience: Issues and Opportunities for Reducing Disaster Risks, Edited by Rohit Jigaysu. Published by, United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Redu

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French
    United States
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