in Norway, Peter Schei grew up on a farm. He was always
interested in nature and was often “out in the woods”
with his father. But he started serious birdwatching first
at the age of 19, when he was studying biology at the University
of Oslo. He studied botany, mathematics, chemistry and biochemistry
and graduated in 1971 with Cand. real. Zoology (between
Master of Science and PhD)
Right after, Peter Schei joined Norway’s Ministry
of the Environment as a scientific consultant and continued
his career within the Ministry, taking various positions,
including Head of Division. When he left the government,
he was International Negotiations Director for Norway and
was working with the Directorate of Nature Management, where
he became Director General in 1989.
Starting in 1979 and on Peter was Head of the Norwegian
delegation to many Conventions such as CITES, Bern Convention,
Ramsar and “Biosafety” – protocol of negotiations.
He was, and remains, closely involved with the Convention
on Biological Diversity and is considered as one of its
“founding fathers”. He has also worked with
IUCN, as a member of the Commission on Parks and Protected
Areas, the Species Survival Commission, and the Commission
on Ecosystems Management. Peter was involved in various
projects for the UN, among them the UN’s Millennium
Project and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
He is currently the Director of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute,
an independent foundation engaged in research on environmental,
energy and resources management politics, and the Chairman
of BirdLife International.