Doreen Stabinsky has been appointed to a three-person independent review panel to evaluate overall operations of the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund.

Stabinsky, professor of global environmental politics at the College of the Atlantic, is a consultant to governments and nongovernmental organizations on agriculture and climate change. She recently was one of seven contributors to a New York Times forum titled “Can The Market Stave Off Global Warming?”

The Adaptation Fund was established in 2001 to finance adaptation projects and programs in developing countries that are parties to the Kyoto Protocol and vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

“It is a real honor to be nominated as a member of the Independent Review Panel,” Stabinsky said. “The Adaptation Fund is one of the main global financial mechanisms to help countries address the impacts of climate change. I take very seriously the responsibility we have been given to oversee the first overall evaluation, with a goal of making the Fund as effective an institution as possible.”

“The college is proud that Doreen’s tireless effort to help countries adapt to climate change has attracted international recognition,” college President Darron Collins ’92 said. “It’s indicative of the type of work going on every day on our campus to create positive change in the world, from faculty and students alike.”

The Kyoto Protocol — adopted in Kyoto, Japan, on Dec. 11, 1997 and entered into force Feb. 16, 2005 — is an international United Nations agreement that commits parties to setting internationally binding emission reduction targets.

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