Christiane Röttger
M.Sc. Integrated Natural Resource Managament
Senior Manager Biodiversity

Christiane Röttger is a Senior Manager Biodiversity at adelphi. She has more than ten years of experience in biodiversity conservation and global environmental governance including responsibility in developing and coordinating regional and international wildlife conservation programmes and multi-stakeholder processes. She combines her in-depth knowledge of global conservation governance and negotiation processes with a profound understanding of on-site conservation challenges, in particular related to the conservation of wildlife in the arid steppe and mountain ecosystems of the Central Asian region.

Her work at adelphi focusses on human-wildlife conflicts and coexistence between people and large carnivores inter alia through supporting participatory processes with stakeholders at different levels. For the European Commission, she is develops and coordinates key stakeholder dialogues to prevent and control the spread of invasive alien species across the European continent. The effective communication of the complexities involved in biodiversity conservation for the general public is another focus of her work.

Christiane is interested in exploring and addressing the underlying systemic drivers of biodiversity loss as well as the effectiveness of different conservation instruments and approaches and their contribution to transformative change. Having worked with the UN Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) for more than seven years, she developed and serviced several non-legally binding species conservation agreements and action plans such as the Central Asian Mammals Initiative, represented the CMS Secretariat in different international negotiation meetings including CBD and CITES, and contributed to numerous background and policy papers and resolutions covering key policy issues related to wildlife conservation. 

During her time at NABU International, she coordinated and developed the project portfolio on snow leopard conservation in Central Asia with a particular focus on community-based approaches. She developed projects focussing on local community leadership to prevent poaching and facilitate coexistence with species such as the snow leopard and their prey.

Christiane studied Wildlife Management (BA) in the Netherlands and Integrated Natural Resource Management (MSc) at Humboldt University in Berlin with a focus on protected area management. For her Master thesis, she conducted social qualitative research in two biosphere reserves in Madagascar to identify the conditions for local community engagement in conservation.

Selected Projects

Selected publications

  • Transboundary Natural Resource Cooperation in the Democratic Republic of Congo – . Entry Points for Improving Regional Relations

    Annabelle Houdret and Christiane Roettger 2010: Transboundary Natural Resource Cooperation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. . Entry Points for Improving Regional Relations. Geneva/Berlin: United Nations Environment Programme/Post Conflict and Disaster Management Branch and adelphi.