Dr. Heino Meessen

Senior Research Scientist

Sustainability Governance Cluster

+41 31 631 30 59
Postal Address
Dr. Heino Meessen
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
University of Bern
Mittelstrasse 43
CH-3012 Bern

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Programme Management of the Central Asian Mountain partnership (CAMP) 
  • Sustainable Management of natural resources with focus on mountain regions
  • Nature conservation and sustainable regional development
  • Biodiversity and protected area management 
  • Energy efficiency
  • Mountain development, nature conservation, biodiversity and Sustainable Land Management in four countries of Central Asia and other CIS countries
  • Training on participatory village development planning in Caucasus (in cooperation with REC networks / project by the German Ministry of Environment)


  • Cental Asian Mountain Partnership Progeamm (CAMP)  as an SDC programme
  • Energy efficiency in Kyrgyzstan as an SECO Programme
  • Mountain partnership in CIS mountain regions as an BMU (D) programm
  • Village based projects for mountain regions in Central Asia in the framework to an GTZ CCD initiative

Further professional interests

  • Technical assistance for the Ministry of  Environment of the Republic of Georgia. Project finding mission for GTZ.
  • Environmental Legislation and Environmental Monitoring in the Republic of Georgia
  • Environmental Impact Assessment in the Republic of Georgia. Legal and Technical Advise to Parliament and Ministry of Environment
  • Nature Conservation and Landscape Planning in Georgia
  • Environmental partnership programme Hanover – Perm(Russia). Comparative Evaluation of waste incineration and disposal.
  • Elaboration of a waste management conception for a landfill clean up in the city of Tula (Russia)
  • Energy conception for the city of Lviv (Ukraine)
  • State of the environment in CIS, a reader on strategies for on-site work in rural regions. Comparative research project on natural resource management under former soviet and economy in transition conditions
  • Mountain development / nature conservation / biodiversity conception and Sustainable Land Management in four countries of Central Asia and other CIS countries
  • Training on participatory village development planning in Caucasus (RECC project by the German Ministry of Environment
  • Evaluation of the Bulgarian Swiss Biodiversity Conservation Programme (BSBCP) commissioned  by SDC implemented by pro nature / birdlife Switzerland

Field experience

Switzerland, Germany, EC countries, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, Kazahkstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Aserbaidjan, Ukraine


German, Russian, Ukrainian, English, Bulgarian


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Kohler, Thomas; Elizbarashvili, Nodar; Meladze, Giorgi; Svanadze, Davit; Meessen, Heino (2017). The demogeographic crisis in Racha, Georgia: Depopulation in the central caucasus mountains. Mountain Research and Development, 37(4), pp. 415-424. International Mountain Society 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-17-00064.1


Meessen, Heino; Švajda, Juraj; Kohler, Thomas; Fabriciusová, Vladimira; Galvánek, Dobromil; Bural, Miroslav; Káčerová, Marcela; Kadlečík, Jan (2016). Protected areas in the Slovak Carpathians as a contested resource between metropolitan and mountain stakeholders: On the road to local participation. Revue de géographie alpine/Journal of alpine research, 103(103-3) Association pour la diffusion de la recherche alpine 10.4000/rga.3055


Meessen, Heino; Giger, Markus; Baibagyshov, Ermek (2013). Energiesparen in Kirgistan: effiziente Öfen und Wärmeisolation für die Landbevölkerung. Zentralasien-Analysen, 66, pp. 2-9. Dt. Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde / Forschungsstelle Osteuropa


Bachmann, Felicitas; Meessen, Heino (2012). Opportunities for women and men in rural regions/communities to improve their well-being through energy efficient and solar technologies (L4S module on energy efficiency) Bern: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Gracheva, Raisa; Kohler, Thomas; Meessen, Heino (2012). Transformation of human-environment systems in the rural mountain regions of the Caucasus (Russia and Georgia). In: International Conference on Research for Development, 20.-22.8.2012, Bern, Switzerland. Bern: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)


Meessen, Heino; Koroleva, Nina (2011). Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in Central Asia- Capacity Development in the countries of Central Asia and Azerbaijan. In: Meeting of Parties ESPOO convention UNECE Geneva Palais de Nation. Geneva, Switzerland. 22. June 2011.


Gracheva, Raisa; Meessen, Heino; Kohler, Thomas; Nefedova, Tatjana (2008). Mountain Communities of North Caucasus: Disappearance or New Stage of Development? In: International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD 2008). Pre-conference Proceedings University of Bern, Switzerland, 2-4 July 2008. NCCR North-South Dialogue: Vol. 21 (p. 81). Bern: CDE / NCCR North-South


Giger, Markus; Meessen, Heino; Boteva, Dimitrina; Yordanov, Nikola (2007). Capitalisation of Experiences of the Swiss Support to Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (SMNR) in Bulgaria Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)