What I do
Conservation is a discipline in which experimentation is needed in order to get good results or improve existing ones. It is often necessary to fill knowledge gaps through research and inventories in order to refine our strategies and approaches.
Conservation requires moving from theory and discussion of ideas to their implementation. Some issues need simply to be brought to the fore and, in an ever faster changing world, it is also necessary to try new approaches and to reframe issues to include new emerging issues.
Conservation is a complex discipline that requires participation from stakeholders from many sectors of society. Conservationist thus need to engage with parties from diverse backgrounds, and eventually bring them all together. Such meetings require careful planning, clear goals, focused facilitation, and follow-up.
Conservation requires careful thinking of the approaches to be taken to reduce pressures on the environment in a wide variety of settings. It also needs careful planning of the funding sources that allow the implementation of ideas. And it requires the good supervision of the implementing team to ensure that progress is being made and that difficulties are dealt with promptly and effectively.
Across the globe, development projects are increasingly overlapping with areas that are important for the persistence and conservation of nature. More and more governments and companies, including financial institutions, are establishing measures to avoid and minimise the impacts on nature caused by such projects. This in turn requires guidance on their design and operation.