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Coastal community champion from the Philippines operates from Berlin to help solve environmental issues by Kristel Dacumos-Lagorza July 26,2020   |  Source: The Manila Times

In May 2015, Paolo Roberto Domondon sported a navy tuxedo and looked absolutely serene as he posed for photos near Singapore’s Marina Bay on his wedding day. More than five years later, he now lives in Berlin with wife Melody, who is expected to give birth to their first child anytime now.

That he is about to become a father while the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic continues to rage has inevitably prompted Paolo, senior director of policy and partnerships of Rare — an organization that uses an innovative yet sound approach in combining science and data to help government leaders solve environmental issues — to ponder on the prospect of a worrying future for his family.

“[T]his has given me the time to reflect on my work, the world and life,” Paolo told Keep in View, referring to the health crisis. This has not dampened his excitement, though. “I’m both anxious and excited to meet the little one!” he says. “Despite the threat of the disease and being away from loved ones in a foreign land, I’m happy to embark on this journey with the most amazing and hardworking woman I know.”

Paolo occupies a crucial role in Rare’s Forever Fish program, which he runs from Germany. “To date, we are one of the biggest environmental organizations in

 

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