Dr Marc Foggin is a conservation biologist specialised in the mountain environments of Asia, especially the complex human dimensions of conservation, natural resource management and community development. Before joining the University of Central Asia in 2014 where he now serves as Acting Director of the Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI), Dr Foggin was Executive Director of the NGO Plateau Perspectives, which supports grassroots initiatives in community-based conservation and sustainable development in the Tibetan Plateau region and mountains of Central Asia. Marc also is Research Associate at the Institute of Asian Research at University of British Columbia. He holds a PhD in Biology from Arizona State University, USA.
With 20 years’ fieldwork in community-based conservation and development, Dr Foggin has experience in project implementation as well as research – in fields ranging from ecology and animal behaviour, protected areas management, and community co-management, on one hand, to development initiatives focused on pastoral livelihoods, community tourism and ecotourism, and development policy analysis, on the other hand. He also has served as international consultant to WWF, UNDP and other organisations, and as Chief Technical Advisor for the GEF-supported Qinghai Biodiversity Conservation Project in 2013-14. As member of several professional bodies including the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), Citizen Science Association (CSA) and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), Marc also contributes to current dialogues about biodiversity conservation, environmental management, sustainable development, and partnerships with local and indigenous communities.Foggin resides with his family in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.
For more information about Dr Foggin’s work experience, please see his curriculum vitae. In addition, many of his publications are available on ResearchGate and Academia. If you are interested in his consultancy services, please contact him directly.