EPN International Staff
Luisa Colasimone is an Italian based in Lisbon after many years in Brussels, and spending her time between Portugal, Italy and South-West France.
With over 25 years of experience, she has worked for environmental groups like Greenpeace, and organisations such as UNEP, WindEurope and the Global Climate and Health Alliance, as communication expert and project manager. She has dedicated her professional life to the environment, working across continents on global issues such as oceans conservation, renewable energies, climate change and the protection of the Amazon and Indigenous people.
Outside work, she enjoys beach and forest walks with her dogs, growing her organic vegetable garden with questionable success, cooking, reading and discovering the beauty of the world.
What she likes in the Global Paper Vision, is that it links together our consumption patterns with forests and climate change impacts, showing very clearly what each should do: eliminate waste and over-consumption, recycle existing materials, contributing to a cleaner, healthier and fairer future for all.
Peg Putt lives in Tasmania, Australia and works on EPN’s Forest and Climate Project. She was CEO of Markets For Change (2011-2018), has campaigned 35 years for forests, and is on the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women for Service to the Environment. She was a Greens Party MP from 1993-2008 and Leader for 10 years. Peg now works internationally on forests and climate. She was a defendant in the infamous but unsuccessful case brought by Gunns Ltd against leading Tasmanian environmentalists during their failed attempt to build a huge pulp mill there. When not campaigning for forests she plays with her young grandson. She loves that Global Paper Vision urges that endangered forests and high conservation value forests not be logged.
Sergio Baffoni lives between Berlin and Rome, and from there he is coordinating the campaign to protect Indonesian rain-forests, run by the Environmental Paper Network together with around 50 national and international organisations. He has worked from for Greenpeace as researcher and forest campaign coordinator, taking part in field expeditions and investigations on illegal logging in Africa, Amazon, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. He helped to establish Terra! a new grassroots organisation in Italy, and created and still manages the forest portal http://www.rainforestnews.org.
Karen Vermeer lives in the Netherlands. She is the coordinator of the EPN Finance Working Group, which consists of two sub-groups focussing on financial institutions. One on pulp and paper finance,and the other one on biomass energy finance. She previously worked at different NGOs, motivating private banks towards more sustainable policies. She campaigned against and engaged with financial institutions on human rights, international standards, climate change and forests. Outside work, she loves to spend time with friends and family, stroll around her beautiful and cosy hometown Nijmegen, and enjoy music festivals and concerts. Her favourite aspect about the Global Paper Vision is the aim to include every stakeholder (from companies, financial institutions and governments to consumers), and to leave no one behind.
EPN International Steering Group
Mandy Haggith is based in Scotland and is a former EPN co-ordinator. A writer and activist, she has two decades of campaign experience in support of people in forests, working freelance with organisations including CIFOR and Taiga Rescue Network. In 2006 she did a global journey to find out where all the paper we use comes from, resulting in the book Paper Trails: From Trees to Trash – The True Cost of Paper. She also writes poetry and novels, and teaches creative writing. Her favourite thing about our Global Paper Vision is that it starts with the goal to ‘reduce global paper consumption’.
Otto Miettinen lives in Finland where he has been active in the forest movement since 1995, doing campaign and nature inventory work for Luonto-Liitto (Finnish Nature League) and Friends of the Earth. He has been following Finnish pulp and paper sector expansion globally for two decades, challenging destructive Finnish-Indonesian industrial collaboration, and in the process has made many friends among Indonesian NGOs. Besides trying to save the world and old-growth forests in particular, Otto has an academic career in biology. His favorite thing about the Global Paper Vision is that it urges you to think big.
Merel van der Mark
Merel van der Mark is based in the Netherlands and is a campaigner with Rainforest Action Network. She previously coordinated EPN’s Pulp Finance working group, with the aim of making investors aware of the risks of investing in the pulp and paper industry, and aware of the need to adopt strong policies for these kind of investments. She lived several years in the Brazilian Amazon, campaigning for local and international NGOs, among others for Greenpeace, to protect the rainforest and its people. She has also worked for BankTrack as Forest Campaigner and on the ForestsandFinance.org project. Her favourite thing about the Global Paper Vision is that it has been translated into clear guidelines for financial institutions, in the “Green Paper, Red Lines” document.
Monika Nolle is based in Germany and is on the EPN’s steering committee. She has worked on environmental, forest and human rights issues since 1987, when she founded ARA together with about 25 students. Global education and campaigns for fair, reduced and sustainable consumption/production are main fields of her activities. She is one of the initiators of the German paper network “Papierwende”. When she’s not working for ARA or steering the EPN, she hikes through the forests with her dog, reads, cooks, enjoys life with her big family and friends. Her favourite thing about our Global Paper Vision is that this manifesto with 140 supporting NGOs shows that we are a strong global network with a lot of energy to reform the paper world.
Richard Wainwright is based in England and is on the EPN’s steering committee. He has worked on environmental and human rights issues since 2000. He is the communications manager for Fern, an organisation that works to ensure human rights and forest-related issues are part of EU policy making. When he’s not working for the Fern or steering the EPN, he reads, writes, travels, parents and enjoys the world. His favourite thing about our Global Paper Vision is the vast number of signatories, showing that a wide variety of disparate organisations all agree on where the paper industry should be going.
Peter Gerhardt is based in Germany and is on the steering committee. He has been an activist and campaigner since 1996 with focus on international social and environmental issues. Peter conducted successful campaigns that linked transnational corporations like Procter&Gamble, IKEA, Aracruz or Asia Pulp and Paper to environmental destruction. He is the director of denkhausbremen, an organisation that works to ensure a fair distribution of the global resources. When he is not working or steering the EPN he likes to survive in that lovely chaos created by family and friends. His favourite thing about the Global Paper Vision is that the Vision is challenging wasteful paper consumption.
Mauro lives in Palermo and is the Senior Advisor for Pulp, Paper and Packaging in WWF’s Forest Practice. Mauro has been working since January 2018 at WWF and supports WWF Network and its partners with advice to improve transparency and environmental performance in the Pulp, Paper and Packaging sector. Mauro has wide experience in development projects, working with indigenous people, environmental projects, and commodity certification in more than 15 countries in Asia and Latin America. He has worked in projects led by development organizations such as WCS and USAID, GEF, as well as forest certification system such as FSC. Mauro holds a master’s degree in environmental science, policy and management from the MESPOM consortium (Central European University, Lund University, and the University of Manchester) and a bachelor’s degree in Development Economics. When not working to protect the forests and people depending on them, he loves reading, traveling and being a parent. His favourite thing about the Global Paper Vision is the wide number of supporting NGOs and the wide spectrum of views and opinions, all serving the same goals.
Woro Supartinah is based in Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia, and has spent most of her working life with NGOs working on issues of forest governance. She graduated in Environment and Development from Reading University in the UK in 2012. She worked on improving Indonesian forest governance through activities in JIKALAHARI (The Network of Riau’s Forest) where she acted as Coordinator from 2015-2017, supporting work on issues of peat management, community forestry, forest fires, corruption in the forestry sector, and the need for law enforcement in the forestry sector. She continues to work as an environmental advocate on these issues and others. Her favourite part of the Global Paper Vision is that it captures and calls for a complete and holistic approach for responsible paper production and consumption.