Maxim Vergeichik

Technical Advisor, Biodiversity and Ecosystems


Based in: Regional Hub for Europe and CIS

From: Belarus 

Studied at: Belarusian State University, University of Colorado

Languages: Russian, Belarussian, English, German, Slovak



I am Maxim Vergeichik and I work with national partners to develop and implement projects that help preserve and sustainably manage natural resources for biodiversity, land, climate and local community benefits.


My main areas of expertise:

  1. Protected area systems
  2. Protection programmes for rare and endangered species
  3. Reconciliation of economic and environmental concerns in land-use planning and economic sectors (agriculture, forestry, mining)
  4. Restoration and conservation of terrestrial carbon pools, such as forests and wetlands
  5. Economic instruments to engage communities in conservation and sustainable management of ecosystems
My work

Together with my team, government partners, research institutions, and non governmental organizations (NGOs), I help to design projects that change policies towards greener economies and a more resilient natural resource base, and develop and implement on-site investment in areas that are critical for the survival of biodiversity and local communities.


Some recent achievements

2012 Helped the Government and research community in Belarus to design a peatland restoration programme in agriculture and forestry and mobilized resources

2012 Raised funds for the redesign of protected area systems of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

2011 Contributed to the design, fund-raising and implementation of a large-scale programme on integrating ecosystem conservation in coal and gas mining sectors in Russia

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