Mike has 10 years experience of designing and implementing biodiversity conservation and sustainable land and marine use projects in sub-Saharan Africa. He speaks good French and Portuguese, and has long-term experience living and working in rural communities in Republic of Congo and Mozambique. He has also worked in Senegal, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Burkina Faso and Cameroon, and has supported projects in Indonesia, Mongolia, India, Niger and Haiti.
He has worked in the mining, development, fisheries and forestry sectors, and his interest is the intersection between biodiversity conservation, natural resource management and rural livelihoods in the context of broader socio-economic and environmental changes, including climate change. His work focuses on how rural communities can be empowered to manage their land and natural resources based on community interests, to improve their livelihoods, and contribute to biodiversity conservation. When applied in project design and development, the result is approaches that are more likely to be sustainable in the long-term without continual need for external support.
In addition, Mike holds an Honorary Fellowship at Edinburgh University, he has also co-authored numerous academic publications and technical reports.