Debra Roberts

Head of Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of eThekwini Municipality, Durban, South Africa

“Dr. Debra Roberts established and heads the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of eThekwini Municipality (Durban, South Africa) and is the city’s first Chief Resilience Officer. She was a lead author of the urban chapter in Working Group II’s contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC). She is a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Thematic Group on Sustainable Cities, involved in the establishment of an urban SDG as part of the post-2015 development regime. Dr. Roberts is also a member of the Future Earth Engagement Committee. She is a fellow of the Watson International Scholars of the Environment Programme and has written widely in the fields of urban open space planning, environmental management and urban climate protection