Mike is Deputy Director for Conservation & Land Use at Proforest, a global non-profit supporting the responsible production and sourcing of natural resources and agricultural commodities. This involves coordinating Proforest’s land use planning and management work to help producers develop and manage operations that protect biodiversity and natural ecosystems, and respect community land rights – with a particular focus on Southeast Asia and W/C Africa. In particular using tools like the High Conservation Value and High Carbon Stock approaches, and working to adapt them to be practical for smallholders and landscape level applications. Mike has also led Proforest’s engagement with multi-stakeholder initiatives such as the Accountability Framework and High Carbon Stock Approach to drive effective strategies for addressing deforestation in commodity supply chains. Mike has a background in applied tropical forest ecology and conservation biology, and has a PhD in Tropical Forest Ecology from the University of York.
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