Nancy Kgengwenyane

Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources Development Specialist


Nancy is an environment and natural resources legal consultant who has worked both at national, regional and international levels in the area of water resources, environment; human and sustainable development; intellectual property rights; good governance; indigenous knowledge systems; energy; natural resources development and biological resources. Her experience and competencies include project/programme design, implementation and management as well as institutional building in the context of sustainable development. She also has experience in legal analysis, legal opinions, drafting legal agreements, and drafting model legislation.

Nancy has worked for the public service, UNDP, USAID funded projects, and, with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) as a Regional Advisor on Natural Resources Development (mining, climate change, energy and water). During her tenure at UNECA she was involved inter alia, in the work of the International Study Group on Mineral Development under the aegis of UNECA during the development and production of the report on Minerals and Africa’s Development: The International Study Group Report on Africa’s Mineral Regimes. Nancy ‘s involvement was specific to the four different chapters dealing with inter alia:
 Managing the impacts of mining in Africa and associated environmental governance, human rights, mining and employment, resource productivity and policy implication
 Corporate social responsibility initiatives and related frameworks including government regulation
 Optimizing mineral based linkages
 Mineral management and the power of institutions

Nancy, has also undertaken a study under the Open Society for Southern Africa on environmental and social accountability of the mining sector in Botswana with focus on natural resources, biological resources, water protection, pollution, rehabilitation, safety in the work place, involvement of communities and accountability. This was conducted in the context of the Rio Conventions and other Multilateral Environmental Agreements.

Nancy holds a Master of Environmental Law degree from the University of Sydney in Australia and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Botswana.

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