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Natalie Harms is the Marine Litter Focal Point in the Secretariat of the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA), an intergovernmental mechanism for the protection of the marine and coastal environment administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). She has hands-on experience working with local and national governments, and engaging informal waste workers, businesses and coastal communities to prevent plastic pollution and protect marine and coastal ecosystems in in Asia and the Pacific. Before joining UNEP, Natalie worked at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) on climate and environment projects in South-East Asia inter alia with the Asian Development Bank, the German development cooperation agency GIZ and Conservation International. Her areas of expertise include climate change mitigation, ocean governance, inclusive plastic waste management, ecosystem-based solutions for resilient coastal settlements, human rights-based approaches and gender mainstreaming in environmental management. She is passionate about tackling plastic pollution and advocates for inclusive action for people and planet.