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Charlotte Winsnes joined the Secretariat on a permanent basis in September 2000. Prior to this she had worked as an external consultant in connection with two major Conferences organised by NAMMCO in 1995 and 1997.
Charlotte is originally from Oslo. After ending her studies in Social Economics and Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, she was employed by the Norwegian Research Council in 1989 where she worked in the Secretariat that served the two programme committees; the National Steering Committee on Environment and Development, tasked with the national research follow-up of the Report from the World Commission on Environment and Development, and the National Committee for Development Research focusing on issues related to third world countries. The committees initiated a number of research projects and programmes, and established centres focusing on environment and development research at all Norwegian Universities.
Moving to Tromsø in 1992 she took up the position as Congress Director for the 5th World Wilderness Congress and the 1st Northern Forum Conference. During 10 days in September / October 1993 the two events attracted some 600 delegates from 25 nations and autonomous regions, and gave rise to 30 resolutions on conservation and management of natural resources (5thWWC) and the “Tromsø Declaration” (the Northern Forum).
In 1994-95 she worked as an advisor for the Tromsø based firm Akvaplan-niva AS assigned to its marine environmental department that conduct a variety of monitoring studies, impact assessments, risk analyses and studies related to pollution and bio-diversity. Charlotte functioned as administrative support for the researchers with respect to fund raising, project applications, report writing etc. and organised two international seminars in co-operation with the EU COMETT programme. She was part of a team contracted by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) in connection with The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) Barents Region Environmental Programme, and she served as Akvaplan-niva’s representative in various working groups and committees.
From 1995 to 1998 she worked as Programme Coordinator for the Norwegian National Committee on Polar Research. During her time, the Committee developed two strategic plans, one for the Arctic and one for the Antarctic. Based on the recommendations put down in the Strategic Plan for Norwegian Arctic Research (1996 – 1999), a major multidisciplinary research programme on Arctic Light and Heat "ALV" (running from 1996 – 2002, total budget NOK 42 million) was developed and established by the Committee and Charlotte also served the committee running ALV.