Elaine Nevin is the National Director of ECO-UNESCO since 2002. Elaine holds a BA in Geography and Political Science and an MA and a Higher Diploma in Education. She has worked in the field of environmental education since 1995 and believes that empowering, educating and engaging young people is an essential component to achieving sustainable development.
Elaine has spearheaded a range of projects in ECO-UNESCO including the Young Environmentalist Awards programme; Youth for Sustainable Development; the development of ECO-UNESCO as a QQI accredited centre; and the development of Green Youth Employability programmes. She led the consultation on the National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development in Ireland in 2008 which fed into the National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in 2014. She represents ECO-UNESCO as a key partner in UNESCO's Global Action Programme under the key priority area 4 - on Youth Empowerment.
Elaine is represented on a range of bodies including the Irish Environmental Network, COMHAR, National Youth Council of Ireland, and the National Youth Strategy Task Group. She is a Ministerial Appointee to the Environmental Protection Agency, is a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development in the Department of Education and Skills and sits on the Steering Committee of the Regional Centre of Expertise in ESD Dublin.