Assignment over an extended period, ending in 2011. Involved managing three seasonal forest surveys (cool, hot, wet seasons) in three elephant zones in the centre, south, west sides of Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary using transects; two surveys in the forest reserve north of Salakpra to map the actual and potential routes for tigers and elephants to move between the wildlife sanctuary and national park beyond; one survey in the reserve adjoining eastern Salakpra to map its use by elephants. Outcomes of these surveys led to Dept. National Parks and Wildlife (DNP) introducing smart patrols to improve protection of Salakpra; forest reserves north and east of Salakpra area are becoming protected areas.
Working with the Forest Restoration Research Unit of Chiang Mai University (FORRU-CMU), Salakpra staff and community leaders, this assignment involved overseeing recruitment of local research team led by trained botanist to identify indigenous trees best able to accelerate forest regeneration on degraded land so as to restore forest in dry lowlands in/around Salakpra. Outcome included the establishment of nurseries in partner village and Salakpra, facilitation of seedling germination trials for 100+ tree species which were planted as saplings into degraded land and monitored monthly along with 350 marked trees (85spp) along a 3.5km phenology trail. Detailed manual produced in Thai.
Facilitating expert workshop and performing data analysis using the MARXAN Systematic Portfolio Assembly tool for World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Papua New Guinea.
Providing technical support for the design of a network of marine protected areas. Supporting GIS Analyst and Conservation Planner in developing the network of marine protected areas using MARXAN Systematic Portfolio Assembly tool.
Building awareness of Climate Change and incorporating associated natural resource management concerns at organizational and community levels into project activities in western Flores, through: establishing climate context review methodologies with project staff; development of educational materials; socialization of climate change science to environmental groups and broader communities; and participatory assessment of climate change risks, hazards and adaptation approaches.
Utilizing a participatory development process for the establishment of baseline survey tools, and providing training to staff data collection and assessment processes, with support provided for final data analysis and report production. Trócaire’s livelihoods program worked with local partners and was focused on food security in Ermera and Manufahi districts, Timor-Leste. The program incorporated Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) within its design.
Reviewing sustainable forest management participatory processes in the context of empowerment, poverty reduction and conservation project goals. Combining field observations and a desk-based review to develop recommendations for donors, project and field staff.