Dr Alexander SHESTAKOV is an Environmental Law Officer at WWF Russian Program Office. At this position he is responsible for analysis and drafting the federal and regional environmental law in Russia; communications with relevant governmental authorities; co-ordination of work under biodiversity related international conventions (CBD, CITES, Ramsar, world heritage). He is also a senior researcher at the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, where he conducts research in environmental management and mapping. He was appointed to the Highest Ecological Council of the Committee on Ecology within the Russian Parliament (State Duma). He also was a secretary of the National Committee of Russian Geographers (1996-2000) and has participated in numerous international conferences and environmental projects including those of The World Bank, EBRD and TRAFFIC International. A. Shestakov was working for international consultancy companies carrying EIA and environment audits. He is teaching the Environmental Management course at the Faculty of Geography, Moscow State University.

A. Shestakov has worked in Botswana and India on environmental and global ecological projects and has published about 60 works including 'The World Map of Ecological Problems', 'Mapping of risk areas of environmentally-induced migration in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), 'Migrations induced by desertification and drought in CIS member states'. He is interested in using international environmental legislation as a tool to promote sustainable development, environmental management and global governance. He was the member of the official Russian delegations to COP and SBSTTA meetings for CBD and CITES. He has a Ph.D. in geography and master's degrees in geography as well as in environmental law, all from Moscow State University.

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