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|Dr. Balgis Osman-Elasha
"I believe Africa has extraordinary potential and opportunity to contribute to sustainable development and thereby set an example for the rest of the world. This, of course needs an additional financial and technological support which I strongly encourage developed countries to make available. Africa can increasingly supply the world with oxygen instead of CO2 through conservation of its vast forests and afforestation programs."
|Dr. Balgis Osman-Elasha, an inspirational Sudanese scientist, is at the forefront of global research on climate change and a winner of the UNEP’s (United Nations Environment Program) ‘Champions of the Earth’. A Nobel Peace Prize laureate (December 2007) as a leading author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, she has produced groundbreaking work on global warming - the defining challenge of our era - in Africa, with an emphasis on northern and eastern Africa.|
|As Principal Investigator with the Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources (HCENR) based in Khartoum, Sudan, she focuses her work on sustainable development. Her expertise lies in vulnerability and adaptation assessment plus documenting greenhouse gas inventories. Her emphasis on global warming and adaptation in Sudan is vital given the strong inter-linkages between climate change and conflict in the country. She is a true role model for women in Africa. She is changing the world, and starting at home.