Conservation and Sustainable Land Management
I don't like to be pigeon-holed as a subject matter specialist as I love being a "deep generalist". I do value specialist knowledge as long as it is embedded in the context of meta-skills such as conflict resolution, participatory meeting facilitation, report writing, project planning, inquiry, listening, language skills, etc., etc. However, if I was forced to stop sitting on the disciplinary fence and profess to a specialisation, I would probably choose to call myself a "conservation and sustainable land management expert" (or just conservation expert for short) ... at least for now!
Most of the activities I have undertaken in this discipline relate to biodiversity conservation, either in agricultural ecosystems or in so-called "non-productive landscapes" - an unfortunate name if ever there was one. In all the activities I have been involved in, I have tried to include a strong participatory component. This can help to ensure that the intervention builds on existing traditions, knowledge, and skills. It can also help to engender a sense of ownership of those people and groups who were there before the activity started and will still be there long after the activity has finished.
Some of the conservation and sustainable land management activities I have been involved in are listed below:
Implementation of a Biosecurity Communications and Awareness Raising Plan through Existing Agencies in Cameroon.
Development of a Knowledge Management Framework for Protected Area Institutions in Mauritius.
Development of a manual in invasive species control systems and procedures for Cameroon.
Training of Trainers in detection, diagnostics and monitoring of biological invasions, and the development of a manual in detection, diagnostics and monitoring in Cameroon.
The quantification of mid-project knowledge levels concerning biological invasions in Cameroon.
Revision of the Logical Framework for the EU Project: Coastal, Marine and Island-Specific Bio-Diversity Management in ESA-IO Coastal States
Development and facilitation of a comprehensive IAS management training course in Sri Lanka.
Production of the Project Identification Form (PIF) for the UNDP-GEF 6 Project: Mainstreaming IAS Prevention, Control and Management (Mauritius) (587 KB).
Mid-term review of the EU-funded IUCN Project: Preparation and testing of a comprehensive model for preventing and managing the spread of invasive species on island ecosystems.
Development of a Training Needs Assessment for Protected Area Network Management in Mauritius.
Outcomes and impacts assessment of activities implemented under the Indian Ocean Commission's Call for Proposals scheme for ReCoMaP (Regional Programme for the Sustainable Management of the Coastal Zones of the Indian Ocean Countries).
Review of best practices in the development of regional, thematic and national project proposals relating to invasive species in order to help Small Island Developing States (SIDS)) formulate project proposals aimed at major funding sources.
Production of up to date lists of major invasive species in Cameroon.
Production of black and white lists of priority invasive species and formulate management approaches in Cameroon.
Formulation of a decision-making processes to address established biological invasions in Cameroon.
Chief Technical Advisor to the UNDP-GEF Mauritius Protected Area Network Project.
Identification of major risk pathways and the current biosecurity profile from trade of Cameroon.
Quantification of the social, cultural, economic, environmental and biological impact of priority invasive species in Cameroon.
Quantification of baseline knowledge and attitudes concerning biological invasions in Cameroon.
International Technical Advisor: Planning, monitoring and evaluation, and taxonomy for the Centre for Pollination Studies, India.
Development of an invasive plant strategy and action plan for protected areas in Cape Verde (3760 KB).
International Technical Advisor: The UNEP-GEF Cameroon Biosecurity Project.
Project Manager: BioNET-EAFRINET UVIMA (Taxonomy for Development) project in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania (click here for project proposal, 376 KB).
Consultancy Team Member: Technical assistance to a review of the Seychelles National Invasive Alien Species/Biosecurity Policy under the Seychelles Biosecurity Project.
Consultancy Team Member: Development of the UNDP-GEF Mauritius Protected Area Network Project (click here for project document, 1272 KB).
Consultant: Analysis and the development of tools to reduce the risks of biological invasions from biofuel feedstocks (click here for background paper, 352 KB).
Lead Consultant: Development of a National Invasive Species Action Plan for the Republic of Mauritius (995 KB).
Lead Consultant: Development of a National Invasive Species Strategy for the Republic of Mauritius (806 KB).
Consultant: Production of plant risk assessments for the Great Britain Non-Native Species Secretariat.
Project Manager: UNEP-GEF Project: Removing Barriers to Invasive Plant Management in Africa (click here for project document, 13105 KB & here for executive summary, 137 KB) - pilot countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia.
Project Supervisor: Prosopis in arid and semi-arid regions of Kenya - A case of ecological meltdown?
Line Manager: To trainee project managers in sustainable agriculture under the Associate Expert Programme (funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
Founder and first Chair of Mauritius’ National Invasive Alien Species Committee.
Project Advisor: Native plant propagation and management service in Rodrigues (Republic of Mauritius).
Project Manager: Restoration of a globally important coastal ebony forest on the island reserve of Ile aux Aigrettes (Mauritius).
National Project Lead: Rediscovering the Neglected Insects of Mauritius: Building In-country Capacity.
Project Manager: Community participation in restoration of endangered native forests of Rodrigues (Republic of Mauritius).
Project Manager: Development of a predator-exclusion enclosure for upland forest conservation.
Lead Consultant: Rapid assessment of the scope for regional collaboration for conservation of terrestrial biodiversity in the Comoros.
Project Manager: Conservation management of endangered Mauritian endemic bird species - analysis of long-term trends in wild & captive populations.
Project Manager: Sustainable management of Rodriguan endemic plants.
Project Manager: Restoration of Round Island (Mauritius).
Project Manager: Information system for biodiversity and conservation management in Mauritius.
Project Manager: Preparation of species recovery plans for seven Mauritian and Rodriguan endemic plant species.
Project Manager: The Mauritius restoration project.
Project Manager: Restoration of highly degraded and threatened native forests in Mauritius.
Project Supervisor: Insecticide resistance in Liriomyza species.
Project Supervisor: Supervised 18 University of Mauritius undergraduate projects of relevance to conservation and sustainable land management.
Volunteer: Farmer trainer in integrated pest management (IPM) in the Philippines.
Researcher: Efficacy of indigenous species in controlling cereal aphid populations.