Salvatore Arico is the Programme Specialist for Biodiversity at UNESCO’s Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, Paris, France and a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, United Nations University, Yokohama, Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in Marine Environment and Resources, from the Stazione Zoologica ‘Anton Dohrn’ in Naples, Italy in 1992, and was Visiting Scholar and Post-Doc Fellow in Marine Policy at the Center for the Study of Marine Policy, University of Delaware, USA in 1997.
He was in charge of the ‘Jakarta Mandate’ on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Unit at the Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat in Montreal, Canada from 1998 to 2000 and was employed by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) in Paris between 1993 and 1996. He has served as an expert to several UN processes related to oceans and marine biodiversity and is currently co-chair of the Working Group on High Seas of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Small Islands. He has been involved in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment as a member of the Board and co-author and has served on the steering committees of several scientific programmes (GTOS, DIVERSITAS).
He has conducted field research on seagrass systems in the Mediterranean and has undertaken regular field visits to projects in developing countries’ coastal areas. He has presented at several international symposia and has more than 40 publications on the marine environment and biodiversity.