Is now the time to legalise the international trade in tiger, rhino and elephant parts? It doesn’t feel like it to me, but what are the facts? Only 3,200 tigers left in the wild, less than 25,000 rhinos in Africa, far fewer in Asia, and an estimated 500,000 African elephants – but losing maybe 2,500 […]Read more
Glyn Davies, director of conservation:
My childhood inspirations were the sounds, sights and smells of summer – butterflies, bee orchids and dust from haymaking.
By the time I got to university I was committed to studying zoology, despite my careers master pointing out: “Well Glyn, not many people study zoology”. At that time (this was 1976!) we were the only student flat recycling newspaper – and we did it for our whole street in Bristol.
After graduation I was inspired by rainforests and the aboriginal peoples who lived there. They showed me much of what I now know about forest ecology.
I’ve lived in Malaysia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, and Cameroon – working in the field on forest management as well as doing research and policy development, and have published papers and books on various related topics. My focus is often on looking for effective approaches to conservation that bring together government, business, science and the wider community.
I’ll be blogging on some, all, or more than these issues…
My latest posts
Rio+20 summit side-events are where people show what they’ve done, present partnerships, say what they want to say – and build political capital. At the Sabah-Acre side event yesterday two states, from Malaysia and Brazil respectively, gave their opinions. Both have committed to holding the line on where the forests should stand in the future. […]Read more
Not a promising start to my first day in Rio – the bus I was on began heading in the opposite direction to the conference venue, because Copacabana Beach road was closed for jogging. I hoped that wasn’t sending some kind of message to the delegates about the direction this week’s negotiations would go. Still, […]Read more