My ambition is to apply my extensive experience in environmental issues to contribute to a planet..
...where humans and biodiversity can co-exist today and into the future;
...where landscapes can evolve to be resilient well into the future, act as a habitat for small and large creatures, and continue to provide for future generations;
...where environmental priorities are effectively incorporated into political decisions at all levels;
...where knowledge of ecosystems, and their relationships to human societies, continues to improve;
...where stakeholders at all levels are able to engage in environmental protection, management and restoration.
I strive to use my skills and expertise by working with partners who share my goals.
An important year for IUFRO.. celebrating their 125th anniversary..! (see: IUFRO website). Together with other colleagues from IUFRO, I participated in a capacity building workshop in June in Puerto Rico where we also presented our latest publication on forest landscape restoration, a practitioners' guide.
New scientific publications in 2017:
1. An article on the "quality versus quantity" dilemma of forest landscape restoration published in the journal Restoration Ecology;
2. An article in the Journal for Nature Conservation "Governance and Forest Landscape Restoration: A framework to support decision-making":
3. A chapter on "Governance and restoration" in the "Handbook of Ecological and Environmental Restoration" edited by Allison and Murphy.
2016 finished with a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina for a project evaluation which proved highly instructive and sobering as the country clearly struggles 20 years on to recover from a tragic war. Ecologists attempting to survey forests of high ecological value still have to contend with unexploded land mines.
The World Conservation Congress in September 2016 was a highly stimulating event with numerous interesting sessions. I organised and presented at a session on Governance and Forest Landscape Restoration which was well received.