Justin Roborg-Söndergaard, MSc
Key expertise: Sustainable development, environmental and natural resource management (NRM), environmental education, programme development, extensive field work experience in southern Africa (specifically South Africa and Mozambique).
Justin holds an MSc Sustainable Development in Natural Resource Management. He has over twenty years of experience working in natural resource management in southern Africa, including ten years in Mozambique on Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM).
Having moved to Lisbon (Portugal) with his wife Sofia in 2011, Justin works with SMEs, NGOs and civil organisations on issues pertaining to sustainability and sustainable development. These include, but are not limited to, land management and soil fertility, water resource management, community-based forest management, public participation processes, value-chain assessments, energy use, waste management and environmental education. Among others, Justin has been very active in elaborating a framework for establishing social-ecological resilience in the Seixe River Basin that provides protection for one of Portugal’s most important biodiversity hotspots while enabling economic recovery in an area that has suffered under development challenges that are very typical for many rural areas.
As a firm believer in a holistic and systems-based approach to sustainability and development issues, Justin employs techniques that support the idea of ‘field-to field’ and ‘cradle-to-cradle’ production. Justin has experience in working closely with people to better appreciate their inherent knowledge and skills toward integrating these with current knowledge and technologies for problem solving and techniques for achieving sustainability.
Languages: English, Afrikaans, and a little Portuguese.