Dr. Alexey Kokorin, WWF Russia

Head of Climate and Energy Program at WWF Russia since 2000.23_3

In 1981, Alexey Kokorin graduated from Moscow State University (MSU), Russia, with honours (Physics department, geophysical section). In 1984, Mr. Kokorin got an academic degree compatible to a PhD (Candidate Physics and Mathematics Science with emphasis geophysics) in MSU. In 1984-1999, he worked as Senior and then Leading Scientist at the Russian Academy of Science (Institute of Global Climate and Ecology) focusing on atmospheric physics, environmental pollution, and climate change. Dr. Kokorin authored more than 100 scientific articles.

Alexey Kokorin was involved in UNFCCC negotiations as Russian official delegate from 1994 to 1999 (climate advisor to the Russian Minister of Ecology in 1998-1999) and as WWF’s delegate from 2000. He participated to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (4AR) awarded by Nobel Peace Prize for popularization of climate science. Dr. Kokorin took part in almost all of the UNFCCC Conferences of the Parties and sessions of its Subsidiary Bodies. He presented reports at more than 150 international and domestic conferences, and held workshops about the UNFCCC negotiations and other relevant issues.

Alexey Kokorin has been project leader or key expert of more than 20 projects on climate change problems, mainly relating to the UNFCCC negotiation process and climate policy in Russia and Central Asia countries. These projects were funded by WWF’s “family” of national organisations, USAID, UK FCO, UNEP, US EPA, EU TACIS, SIDA, etc. In particular, between 2008 and 2011, Alexey Kokorin served as key expert of the EC project “Support Kyoto Protocol Implementation” in 12 countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (his expertise was focused on post-2012 international climate regime and adaptation/ mitigation approaches, policies and measures in Russia and Central Asia countries). Between 2011 and 2013 he was project leader of USAID project “Adaptation and Low-Carbon Development in Key Russian Regions” (Arctic and Far East). Dr. Kokorin is author of wide range of ecological, economic and policy studies on Russian and international climate policies and measures.

Most recently, Alexey Kokorin has been working on climate policy in Russia and Central Asia, including its harmonization with EU (issues of global long-term agreement on climate change). He is also focusing on raising awareness among a wide range of stakeholders about results and conclusions of the IPCC 5AR.

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