Ernesta Swanepoel is an admitted South African attorney and has been
facilitating and conducting training activities of foreign nationals
since 2001 in Africa, South East Asia and Europe.
She has worked extensively on Climate Change
Adaptation and Mitigation within the United Nations System and
developed training and guidance manuals on Climate Change Adaptation
for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR
Climate Change Programme). She supports and coordinates climate change
capacity building activities and training workshops in developing
countries and provides project support.
Ernesta has drafted various research papers on a
wide spectrum of international environmental law topics and regularly
acts as a course moderator for International Environmental Law diplomas
and online courses. She attended UNFCCC negotiations as an observer and
facilitated Programme side events.
During 2008, while based in Geneva Switzerland, Ernesta assisted
UNITAR at the annual meeting of the Secretary General and the Special
Representatives to the Secretary General. In 2009, she formed part of a
working group tasked with facilitating the UNITAR strategic reform plan
as well as organizing the retreat. Recent projects can be found under
Clients and Consultancies and include Ernesta's appointment as subject
matter expert for an ocean governance course being developed by the
International Ocean Institute of Southern Africa (IOI-SA) in
collaboration with IOI headquarters and the International Maritime
Organization, legal review of and comment on South Africa's Draft
Ballast Water Bill And Regulations, contribution to the UNFCCC
CDM Policy dialogue and further development of climate change modules
for the UN CC:Learn secretariat.
Ernesta holds a B.Comm, LLB and is currently completing an LLM
degree in Marine and Environmental Law at the University of Cape Town.
Ernesta's studies focus on Marine Pollution Law, International Law of
the Sea and Natural Resources Law. Ernesta also holds a diploma
in International Environmental Law, completed in Geneva, Switzerland
with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. During
2001 to 2005, Ernesta was based in Kaohsiung, Taiwan where she studied
Mandarin at the Taipei Language Institute.
Ernesta's passion for the environment and for oceans goes beyond
law. She is a qualified PADI Dive Master and also serves as a volunteer
for South Africa's National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) as sea going
Ernesta is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa.
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