Zoritza Kiresiewa joined Ecologic Institute as a Fellow. Her work focuses on climate change adaptation and the bio-based economy. Her further interests include development policy, land management and desertification. A native Bulgarian speaker, she is fluent in German and English and has a good knowledge of Russian.
As part of the project Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts - toolKIT (RISC-KIT), Zoritza Kiresiewa analyses existing disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures in coastal regions. Through expert interviews with relevant stakeholders, she is developing potential country-specific measures based on an ecosystem approach together with partners from the Black Sea. In addition, Zoritza Kiresiewa has a strong interest in the extent to which the bio-economy can contribute to global food security and sustainable use of resources as well as the respective consequences for the environment. Since 2014, she has co-coordinated the framework contract with the European Committee of the Regions. Due to her native Bulgarian language skills, she is often involved in projects related to the implementation status of various EU directives and environmental policies in Bulgaria.
Previously, Zoritza Kiresiewa was involved in stakeholder analysis in the field of climate change adaptation which dealt with the interests and perceptions of relevant stakeholders from policy, industry and civil society and the trade-offs between the different stakeholders groups.
Zoritza Kiresiewa studied Geography at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). The main subjects of her studies were environmental protection and development policy. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Freie Universität in Berlin. Her doctoral thesis focuses on issues such as land management, the development of livelihood and climate change adaptation strategies at the local level and the promotion of sustainable resource use by development organisations in Mongolia.