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.
Together with John Parrotta from the USFS and a diverse team of contributors, we have been working on a book on integrated approaches to forest landscape restoration (FLR) which should come out later in 2018 (published by Earthscan/Routledge). It has been a very stimulating process seeking to broaden perspectives for FLR implementation.
2017 was 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.
The World Conservation Congress in September 2016 was a highly inspiring event with numerous interesting sessions. I organised and presented at a session on Governance and Forest Landscape Restoration which was well received.