Luc Bas

Currently Luc is the Director of the Belgium Climate and Environment Risk Assessment Center.

Before that Luc was Head of Coordination, Networks and Strategy for the European Environment Agency and the Director of the IUCN European Regional Office, which is also the EU Representative Office of IUCN, in Brussels since 2013. He provided leadership and guidance for all activities undertaken within the European Region(involving over 360 IUCN Government and NGO members) and represented the IUCN Secretariat towards the EU institutions.

Among other specific activities this included; informing decision-making through IUCN’s knowledge on topics such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Red Lists, Protected Area management, Natural Capital and promoting the use of nature-based solutions across different sectors.

Prior to this, Luc was European Director of The Climate Group in Brussels, working with business and government to reach more ambitious EU climate policies and prepare for a true energy transition. As International Director of The Climate Group’s States and Regions Alliance, he established one of the most significant networks of sub-national governments leading on climate change. Through Luc’s leadership the Alliance, recently renamed the Under 2°C Coalition, has now a functioning governance structure, involves leaders of governments from all over the world, and uses its technical working groups to feed into the decision making at all levels.

Luc also worked as adviser on international sustainable development policies for both the Belgian Federal and Flemish Governments, representing them at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, the OECD national Sustainable Development expert panel, the EU Council, the Belgium Federal Council, as well as various interregional networks.

Luc holds a Masters degree in industrial engineering and had postgraduate education in both environmental science and international politics. He is fluent in English, Dutch, German and French and gets along in Spanish.

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