Dr Tobias Garstecki is an independent consultant and Senior Associate at adelphi. His cooperation with adelphi has so far focused on the development, implementation, and follow-up of training programmes on environmental policy and particularly biodiversity conservation, and on the analysis of good practice in Natura 2000 management.
He has assisted adelphi – and the International Academy for Nature Conservation of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation as the client – during the design of the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme, an extra-occupational training programme for emerging nature conservation leaders from Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and has facilitated the training modules of this programme.
Apart from his cooperation with adelphi, Tobias Garstecki works as a freelance consultant for biodiversity conservation and natural resources management in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East. Since 2009, he has implemented projects for international organisations (e.g. IUCN, UNDP, UNECE, UNEP, WWF), and the German development cooperation (e.g. GIZ, InWEnt, KfW). Before this, he coordinated the development of an IUCN Programme for the Southern Caucasus, as a CIM Integrated Expert.
Tobias Garstecki started his professional career as a Higher Scientific Officer at the UK Natural Environment Research Council (British Antarctic Survey). After moving into the biodiversity policy and management sector, he worked in a consultancy role for the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre and Traffic Europe.
He holds a Diploma in Biology from Freie Universität Berlin and a doctor's degree in Zoology from the University of Cologne.