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ROBERT T. LIVERNASH
131 North Fairfax St., #1
Alexandria, Va 22314
703-739-2874 tel
703-739-2621 fax
r.livernash@.att.net

Sample Clients

  • The World Bank
  • The World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • The Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)
  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
  • The Population Reference Bureau (PRB)
  • Centre for Development Research (Bonn, Germany)

Subject Areas

  • U.S. Environmental Quality
  • Global Environmental Quality
  • Sustainable Development
  • Agriculture, Environment, and Development
  • Population, Environment, and Development
  • Environment and Energy

Recent Work Experience

Since 1996 I've been working as an independent writer on environment and development issues. I specialize in writing original reports, revising manuscripts, and serving as an editor/consultant on environment-development publications. My principal clients are the World Bank, Global Environment Facility, and World Resources Institute.

In 2002, I spent most of my time writing a book on sustainable development for the Global Environment Facility, which is the designated financial mechanism for international agreements on biodiversity, climate change, and persistent organic pollutants. The Challenge of Sustainability was launched at the Second GEF Global Assembly in Beijing in October 2002. For the first GEF Global Assembly in New Delhi in March 1998, I served as a senior advisor and principal author of Valuing the Global Environment: Actions and Investments for a 21st Century.

I also served as editor of the 2002 edition of Environment Matters, the World Bank Environment Department's annual report; this has been an ongoing assignment since 1999.

In the fall of 2002, I worked on a series of World Bank technical notes on water resources and environment. Currently, I am working on a long-term strategy paper for the International Food Policy Research Institute.

In 2000 and 2001, I spent most of my time working with the World Bank on the development of the Bank's environment strategy. Published in October 2001, Making Sustainable Commitments is the first attempt to integrate the Bank's approach to environmental issues into a single document. I also edited a major report on China's environment--China: Air, Land, and Water--published in September 2001, and worked with the Centre for Development Research in Bonn, Germany, on a 10-year strategy report.

In 1999 and 2000, I had numerous assignments with WRI and IFPRI and worked on a manuscript on marine ecoregions for The Nature Conservancy.

During the Clinton Administration, I was the principal author of three editions--1994-95, 1996, and 1997--of Environmental Quality, the White House Council on Environmental Quality's annual report.

Employment History

1989-95: Senior Editor, World Resources
This series, published every other year and sponsored by the United Nations (UNDP and UNEP) and the World Bank, comprehensively reviews global environmental and energy issues. In World Resources 1994-95, for example, I was the principal author of the chapters on China, India, and population and the environment.

1979-89: Senior Staff Writer (1979-84) and Editor (1985-89), the Environmental and Energy Study Conference Weekly Bulletin
EESC was a bipartisan legislative support organization of the U.S. Congress. Its members included about 90 senators and 275 members of the House, making it the largest such organization in the Congress. As senior staff writer, I wrote over 1,000 stories and special reports under deadline pressure. As editor, I was responsible for all of EESC's publications.

1977-79: Reporter, Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report
I covered foreign trade and agriculture.

1976-77: Instructor, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
I helped manage the school's newspaper workshop.

1968-69: Peace Corps.
I worked as an English teacher.

Education

  • M.I.A., 1973, Columbia University School of International Affairs. I majored in South Asian studies and participated in the university's International Fellows program.
  • M.S., 1972, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. I majored in newspaper reporting and writing.
  • B.A., M.A., Johns Hopkins University. I majored in liberal arts and received a master's degree in creative writing.