Thomas Bollwein
MSc Environmental Planning
Project Manager

Thomas Bollwein is a Project Manager at adelphi working in the fields of climate change adaptation, local climate action and natural resource management. Within his work, he identifies climate adaptation needs and develops sector-specific adaptation strategies. He further designs and implements different formats pertaining to the information and support of municipal divestment.

Thomas Bollwein has gathered several years of experience in implementing climate adaptation projects, which analyse the needs and options for adaptation at different levels. He derives policy advice and recommendations for political decision-makers and designs climate adaptation strategies while taking possible obstacles and sector-specific framework conditions into consideration. In addition to global analyses, Thomas’ geographic focus is currently South Asia. He is also working on the topic of municipal divestment as part of local climate action in Germany. With regard to this, he engages with sustainable financial investments as part of holistic urban climate protection efforts. A central component of his work in this area is the target group-oriented preparation and dissemination of information as well as the networking and support of cities that are interested in these efforts. Regarding natural resource management, he coordinates a funding programme that supports initiatives of indigenous and rural farm groups in Central America. Thomas Bollwein is Capacity WORKS certified.

Before his function with adelphi, he gained practical experience at the Institute for Applied Freshwater Ecology in Seddin (Germany), and at a planning office in Freiburg (Germany). In Freiburg, he helped to develop concepts for the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive. Thomas obtained an international master’s degree in Environmental Planning at the Technische Universität Berlin. He carried out the empirical part of his master's thesis during an internship at the National Agricultural Research Institute (INIA) in Uruguay and received a PROMOS scholarship from the DAAD. Furthermore, for his thesis, he also collaborated with the Rural Futures Uruguay Research Group and prepared a stakeholder analysis for sustainable grassland management in Uruguay. Within the scope of former study projects, Thomas has investigated the role of urban green infrastructure and the effects of changing land use on ecosystem services. He previously completed an interdisciplinary BSc in Environmental Science and Environmental Hydrology at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg (Germany) and the Universidad de Huelva (Spain).

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