Since January 2013
Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), UNDP/GEF supported project Strengthening the effectiveness of the protected area system in Qinghai province, China, to conserve globally important biodiversity.
Since October 2011
Honorary Research Fellow, School of Anthropology & Conservation, University of Kent
Since October 1998
Founder, Plateau Perspectives
Plateau Perspectives is a non-profit organization that supports local and regional initiatives in conservation and sustainable development in the Tibetan plateau region. Main program areas include community health and education, income generation, biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods, and disaster relief.
PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS, WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES, ETC.
April 2012 – September 2013
International Consultant, Wetland Biodiversity Conservation and Strategic Planning Specialist – Xinjiang Altai Project (UNDP GEF Project Preparation Grant, CBPF-MSL project Strengthening the management effectiveness of the protected area landscape in Altai mountains and wetlands, Xinjiang UAR, People’s Republic of China).
July 2009 – June 2013
Associate Professor, School of Geography & Life Sciences, Qinghai Normal University
November 2011 – December 2011
Community Co-management Specialist, consultancyfor UNDP-GEF, reporting to the Regional Technical Advisor (RTA) for Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Asia and the Pacific, Environment & Sustainable Development Practice Team, UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre.
September 2011 – October 2011
Leader of study tour in Norway, including Røros and Finnmark, with a focus on regional tourism development strategies, nature tourism, and tourism in ethnic minority areas, as well as continuing education, distance learning, and the significance of cultural identity for Sami reindeer herders.
Invited speaker at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO), Pastoralism in China – New dialogues regarding conservation & sustainable development on the Tibetan plateau; Addressing some of the challenges for the sustainable management of natural resources in the Sanjiangyuan region, Qinghai Province, as part of the project entitled Pastoralism in China: National Policies and Local Practices undertaken jointly with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Invited speaker and member of the conference planning committee, International Symposium on the Human Dimensions of Ecological Conservation in the Tibetan Plateau, held in Xining, China, 21-26 August 2011; hosted by the Qinghai Academy of Social Sciences.
May 2009 – April 2011
Foreign Expert, Tibet Autonomous Region; for national project entitled Community participation in biodiversity conservation and resource management on the Tibetan plateau, with Tibet Agriculture College.
April 2010 – March 2011
Project Leader, Yushu Earthquake Relief – Plateau Perspectives’ response to the devastating earthquake in Yushu on 14 April 2010.
Convener and facilitator, Yushu International Ecotourism Workshop, held in Xining, China, 8-10 November 2010; co-hosted by Plateau Perspectives and Qinghai Normal University, with participation from DICE, University of Kent, UK.
Leader of study tour to Canada on environmental management and tourism development; co-hosted by Parks Canada, with participants from Qinghai Province and Tibet Autonomous Region, China.
Invited participant at GEF-funded Asia Round Table for indigenous stewardship practitioners, organized by First Peoples Worldwide and held in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Field-based training and implementation of community conservation project focused on snow leopard conservation in the headwaters of the Yangtze River; part of larger cooperative project with local herding communities and the Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve.
Lecture series on conservation and protected area management with focus on lessons learned in Qinghai Province and Canada, presented at Tibet Agriculture College in Linzhi Prefecture, Tibet, China.
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