One of the highlights of the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) is always the amazing plenary speakers. Over the next week and a bit we’ll be featuring all the plenary speakers on this blog. If you’re excited to hear them speak in person, make sure you register now for IMCC4.
Plenary Speech: Empowering stakeholders when the public sector fails
Born and raised in Haiti, Jean Wiener has worked on environmental issues in general, and on coastal and marine issues in Haiti in particular for over 23 years. In 1992, he founded Haiti’s first coastal and marine environmental non-profit the Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine (FoProBiM) and retains his position as the head of the organization. As the director of FoProBiM, he specializes in coastal and marine sciences, community development, and environmental management. He has executed a wide range of projects including resource assessments, association building, environmental rehabilitation, community needs evaluations, as well as pure scientific research for institutions as diverse as the Ministry of Environment of Haiti, the UN (UNEP, UNDP, UNESCO, UNOPS), USAID, IDB, NOAA, and the OAS, to name but a few. He is also the national focal point in Haiti for the International Coral Reefs Initiative (ICRI), the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network (WIDECAST), the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), NatureCaribe, and several International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) specialist groups. He has established contacts at all levels throughout most of Haiti and is often considered the national reference for all things coastal and marine. He has won environmental awards from Condé Nast, the Whitley Fund for Nature, the Erick Eckman Award (Haiti’s first ever environmental award presented by the Minister of Environment and the President), and the Goldman Environmental Prize for Islands and Island Nations (2015). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, USA.