Martin Rokitzki

Research Associate Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Strategies


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Martin Rokitzki is Research Associate based at our Berlin office. He ensures the scientific coordination of the IMPACT and Science-based national adaptation planning in Sub-Saharan Africa (PAS-PNA), building on his vast expertise and knowledge working on the interface of research, policy and implementation in the adaptation field.

Martin has 15 years of professional experience working for inter-governmental and non-governmental development and environment organisations (amongst others UNEP, GIZ, FAO, UNCCD, IFAD, ACF, Oxfam GB) in over 30 countries, mostly LDCs and low-middle income countries in Africa and Asia. He has provided scientific and technical advice in the areas of climate change adaptation, natural resource management, disaster risk management and sustainable land management to a wide range of actors, in particular governmental representatives and NGO staff. As Project Lead and Co-Principal Investigator for the ‘Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions’ (ASSAR) Programme, he led the research-into-use component of the project.

More recently, he worked as an advisor to the Albanian, Bangladeshi, Cambodian and Thai government supporting their efforts to design effective and impactful National Adaptation Plans and related processes. His expertise is particularly focused on how to mainstream adaptation into development and sectoral strategies and how to measure and monitor the implementation of adaptation action. His special interest is in brokering between producers and users of climate-related information by tailoring, filtering and translating them to user needs.

Martin holds a MSc degree in Geography, Development Economics and Climatology from the University of Bonn and Monash University Melbourne. He is a part-time guest lecturer at the University of Maastricht. He is also the director of PlanAdapt, a Berlin-based non-profit company focusing on NAP support and science-policy-practice interface in the adaptation field.


Rokitzki, M. and D. Morchain (2015): Climate Change Adaptation Practice in Semi-Arid Regions – Views and Insights by Practitioners on CCA Practice in Semi-Arid Regions.pdf. CARIAA / ASSAR Working Paper.

Stringer, L.C.; Reed, M.S.; Dougill, A.J.; Seely, M. and M.Rokitzki (2007): Implementing the UNCCD: Participatory challenges. Natural Resources Forum, 31, 3, pp. 198-211.

FAO/UNCCD (2006): Properties and Management of Drylands, FAO Land and Water Digital Media Series No. 31, DVD Edition. Edited by M.Rokitzki. Rome, Italy.

Contributing Author of ‘Soils and Land in The SDGs and the Post-2015 Development Agenda- A proposal for a goal to achieve a Land Degradation Neutral World in the context of sustainable development, prepared as input to the 2nd Global Soil Week, Berlin, November 2013.