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CHRE’s Founder, Climate Advisor and Current Board Member

Romina Picolotti is co-founder of the Center for Human Rights and the Environment (CHRE) and presently serves as Climate Advisor and Board Member of the USA based CHRE.

Romina is a worldly recognized international environmental and human rights expert. She founded the Center for Human Rights & Environment in 1999 in Argentina, to promote human rights and environmental protection.

She established Latin America’s first human rights and environment legal clinic to defend underprivileged and marginalized communities from environmental degradation and has defended victims before international human rights tribunals. She also researched and published the first ever compendium of Latin American environmentalists persecuted due to their advocacy.

In 2006 she won the prestigious Sophie Prize for her unique contribution to sustainable development. She served as Argentina’s Environment Secretary from 2006-2008 deepening environmental controls for hundreds of companies. She helped shape and create stronger environmental regulatory frameworks, led Argentina to pass a critical forestry law, established environmental insurance requirements for corporations, and ushered in the world’s first ever glacier protection law.

Through her collaboration with the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD) she contributes extensively to address global climate change and phase-out short lived climate pollutants, for which she won USEPA’s Climate Protection Award in 2008. She currently serves as civil society representative for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and participates with the global coalition’s steering committee.

She has lived and worked to promote human rights protection in Cambodia, Perú, Central América, Argentina and around the world.

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