Peter Wehrheim

Peter Wehrheim

Head of Unit for Climate Finance and Deforestation

European Commission


Peter is currently Head of Unit in the European Commission's Directorate General "Climate Action". His portfolio includes climate finance (EU internal and in the context of external development cooperation), deforestation (REDD+ and LULUCF) and agriculture. Peter started to work for the European Commission in 2004 and was first affiliated with the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (until 2010). Prior to joining the Commission he was a Heisenberg-Fellow of the German Research Foundation. He worked during that period at the Centre for Development Research/University of Bonn and at the IRIS Centre at the University of Maryland. In 2001/2002 he was temporary Professor at the Institute for Economic and Agricultural Policy/University of Bonn. Between 1994 and 2001 he worked as an independent consultant on development policy issues for the World Bank, the FAO, the European Commission but was also affiliated to various think tanks and research institutes (International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI/Washington; University of Kiel/Germany). In 2001 (1994) he received a professorial title/Habilitation (Doctor degree) in agricultural economics from the University of Bonn (Giessen). In 1988/89 he studied at Michigan State University. 

- Climate finance in the context of the EU's development cooperation 
- Mainstreaming climate action into the EU's budget
- Forestry and climate change in the context of climate policies (REDD+, LULUCF)
- Agriculture and climate change (Food Security, Common Agricultural Policy)

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