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Regional Environmental Hubs


AFRICA

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (East African Hub)

Website

Hub Officer: Elizabeth Wharton
Entoto Street
PO Box 1014
Office: 251-011-130-6303
Fax: 251-011-124-2420
Email:
WhartonES@state.gov

Regional Environmental Specialist: Zach Pusch 
Regional Environmental Office for East Africa
US Embassy
Office: 251-111-306173
Email:
Puschz@state.gov

  • Regional Bureau: Bureau of African Affairs.
  • Countries Served: Burundi, Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
  • Key Issues: Renewable energy, the Nile Basin Initiative, wildlife trafficking.


Gaborone, Botswana (Southern Africa)

Website

Hub Officer: Dovas Saulys
PO Box 90
Gaborone, Botswana

Office: 267-373-2257
Email: SaulysDA@state.gov

Hub Assistant: Phatsimo Lobelo
Office: 267-39-53-982 Extension 2378
Fax: 267-39-57-259
E-mail: LobeloP@state.gov

  • Regional Bureau: Bureau of African Affairs.
  • Countries Served: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • Key Issues: Sustainable development and transboundary collaboration on shared natural resource management, with a focus on water and wildlife to include transfrontier conservation areas; promoting collaboration within the SADC region on disaster management, including drought mitigation and avian influenza pandemic preparedness.


Accra, Ghana (West and Central African Hub)

Website

Hub Officer: Sam Healy 
24 Fourth Circular Road
Cantonments, Accra, Ghana
Office: 233-21-741-417
Fax: 233-0-244-333-709
Email: HealyKC@state.gov

Regional Environmental Program Assistant: Koffi Konin
Office: 233-030-274-1839
Email: KoninKT@state.gov

  • Regional Bureau: Bureau of African Affairs Bureau.
  • Countries Served: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
  • Key Issues: Sustainable management of tropical forests and wildlife, desertification, fisheries and pollution issues.

EAST ASIA

Suva, Fiji (Pacific Hub)

Website

Hub Officer: Jason Brenden
31 Loftus Street, PO Box 218
Suva, Fiji
Phone: 679-331-4466, Extension 8166
Fax: 679-330-2998
Email:
BrendenJA@state.gov

Regional Environmental Specialist: Sandeep K. Singh
Phone: 679-331-4466, Extension 8210
Email
: SinghSK1@state.gov

  • Regional Bureau: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
  • Countries and Territories Served: Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands,Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna.
  • Key Issues: Climate change, sustainable development, sustainable ecosystem management and conservation, sustainable oceans and fisheries management, and health and technology.


Bangkok, Thailand (East Asia Hub)

Website

Hub Officer: Tahra Vose
120-122 Wireless Road
Bangkok 10330, Thailand
OR APO AP 96946, USA
Phone: 66-2-205-4712
Fax: 66-2-254-2839
Email:
VoseTL2@state.gov

Regional Environmental Specialist: Kanchana Aksorn-Aree
Office: 66-2-205-4609
Email:
KanchanA@state.gov

Hub Assistant: Katherine Yates
Office: 66-2-205-4469
Fax: 66-2-254-2839
Email:
YatesKL@state.gov

  • Regional Bureau: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
  • Countries Served: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Key Issues: Sustainable management, including law enforcement of forests, water, and biodiversity resources; infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, avian influenza, dengue and others; hydropower and dam construction; air and water pollution.

EUROPE

Copenhagen, Denmark (Baltic and Nordic States Hub)

Website

Hub Officer: Susan Delja
Dag Hammarskjold Alle 24
2100 Copenhagen
PSC 73, APO AE 09716
Office: 45-33-41-73-83
Fax: 45-35-42-70-94
Email:
DeljaSM@state.gov

Regional Environmental Specialist: Bo Gregersen
Office: 45-33-41-7294
Email:
GregersenBX@state.gov

  • Regional Bureau: Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.
  • Countries Served: Denmark (including Greenland), Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden.
  • Works with ESTH colleagues in Russia, Poland, and Germany on all ESTH issues.
  • Country served include the eleven U.S. missions in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway,  Poland, Russia, and Sweden.
  • Key Issues: Climate change negotiations, Arctic Council Issues, renewable energy development, environment, health, and science and technology cooperation.


Budapest, Hungary (Central and Eastern European Hub)

Website

Hub Officer: Raffi Balian
Szabadság Tér 12
H-1054 Budapest, Hungary
Office: 36-1-475-4956
Fax: 36-1-475-4027
Email:
BalianRV@state.gov

Regional Environmental Specialist: Anett Zellei
Office: IVG 990-4456
Email:
ZelleiA@state.gov

Regional Environmental Specialist: Tibor Kovacs
Office: IVG 990-4439
Email: KovacsT@state.gov

  • Regional Bureau: Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.
  • Countries Served: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland (excluding Baltic Sea issues, handled by REO Copenhagen), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, and Ukraine.
  • Key Issues: Sustainable development, Black Sea environmental issues, transboundary water management, health, domestic good governance, science cooperation, and environmental components of Balkan reconstruction.

MIDDLE EAST

Amman, Jordan (Middle Eastern Hub)

Website

Hub Officer: Elizabeth Hattingh
Office: 962-6-590-6621
Email:
  HattinghEF@state.gov

Regional Environmental Specialist: Yara Abu Laban
Office: 9626-590-6356
Email:
AbulabanYM@state.gov

  • Regional Bureau: Near Eastern Affairs.
  • Countries Served: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
  • Key Issues: Supporting women and girls in science and technology; promoting the Middle East Peace Process via multilateral water issues and grants for scientific collaboration; encouraging membership in the Global Methane Initiative; organizing science festivals and engaging in other scientific outreach; involving posts in the Greening Diplomacy Initiative; and providing a stable platform for posts in the midst of Arab Spring.

SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA

Kathmandu, Nepal (South Asian Hub)

Website

Hub Officer: Ari Nathan 
PO Box 295
Maharajgunj
Kathmandu, Nepal
Office: 977-1-400-7200, Extension 4197
Fax: 977-1-400-7272/76
Email: NathanA@state.gov

Regional Environmental Specialist: Jay Pal Shrestha
Office: 977-1-400-7200, Extension 4205
Email:
ShresthaJP@state.gov

  • Regional Bureau: South and Central Asian Affairs Bureau.
  • Constituent Posts: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
  • Key Issues: Regional cooperation on environmental compliance, water, biodiversity, and climate change.


Atana, Kazakhstan (Central Asian Hub)

Website
Hub Officer: David Paradise 
Koshkarbayev Str. No. 3
Ak Bulak 4
010010
Astana, Kazakhstan
Office: 7-3172-70-21-00
Fax: 7-3172-34-08-90
Email:
ParadiseDT@state.gov

Scientific Affairs Assistant: Marzhan Srymova 
Office: 998-71-120-5450, Extension 2136
Email:
  SrymovaM@state.gov

  • Regional Bureau: Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.
  • Countries Served: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
  • Key Issues: Regional management of sustainable development issues and shared water resources.

WESTERN HEMISPHERE

San Jose, Costa Rica (Central American and Caribbean Hub)

Website

Hub Officer: Viki Limaye
920-1200 San José, Costa Rica
Office: 506-2519-2392
Fax: 506-2519-2311
Email: LimayeYV@state.gov

Regional Environmental Specialist: Maricela Munoz
Office: 506-2519-2392
Fax: 506-2519-2311
Email: MunozMC1@state.gov

  • Regional Bureau: Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau.
  • Countries Served: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Panama.
  • Key Issues: Sustainable development, green growth, climate change, renewable and clean energy, tropical forest conservation, marine conservation, and coastal zone management.


Lima, Peru (South American Hub)

Website

Hub Officer: Andrew Griffin 
Av. La Encalada Cdra. 17, s/n
Monterrico, Lima 33
Office: 51-1-618-2710
Fax: 51-1-434-4095
Email:
GriffinAA@state.gov

Regional Environmental Assistant: Adriana Quevedo
Office: 51-1-618-1279
Email:
QuevedoA@state.gov

  • Regional Bureau: Western Hemisphere Affairs.
  • Functional Bureau: Oceans and International Environmental & Scientific Affairs
  • Countries Served: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
  • Key Issues: Sustainable development, green growth, climate change, renewable energy, science and technology cooperation, women in science, environmental cooperation, deforestation and biodiversity loss in the Amazon basin, water, and health.


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