Jessica J. Troell
Jessica Troell is a Senior Attorney and has led ELI’s International Water Program since its founding in 2006. Under her leadership, the Program has developed and implemented projects to define and track the legal recognition and protections for Indigenous and community-based water tenure; create realistic mechanisms for involving diverse stakeholders in water-related decision-making; identify and implement innovative water governance mechanisms to strengthen resilience of communities and countries in the face of climate change; build the legal and institutional capacity to manage transboundary water challenges; strengthen livelihoods and food security through more effective water management; and ensure that water management is effectively leveraged in fragile and post-conflict states to promote peacebuilding. Ms. Troell works with NGOs, governments, the private sector, and universities to create, implement, and enforce sustainable water laws, policies, and management mechanisms.
Ms. Troell is based in Zimbabwe, and in also leads the Institute’s efforts on various projects in Southern Africa, including projects on community based natural resource management, legal and customary water tenure, multiple uses of water services, forest management and climate change adaptation. Prior to joining ELI, Ms. Troell was a law fellow with the Mandela Institute of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, conducting applied research on the implementation of catchment management in the Limpopo River Basin, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. She has also been Adjunct Faculty at the American University School of International Service, where she has taught International Environmental Politics, and worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
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