Programme Manager: Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas
Daniel has over 20 years of professional experience and leadership in the conservation sector, predominantly working in South Africa’s foremost conservation NGOs and 13 of which have been with BirdLife South Africa. Daniel’s extensive knowledge and experience exhibit a diversity of skill sets on a range of integrated fields, including: habitat protection and management, spatial planning, stakeholder facilitation, grassroots engagement, community development, strategic conservation planning, integration with national priorities, fundraising, and Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements.
Daniel manages BirdLife South Africa’s Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) Programme which aims to ensure the effective identification and conservation of South Africa’s 112 IBAs. Daniel drives the overall strategic intent of the IBA Programme by directing strategic landscape level projects aimed at protecting, safeguarding and managing priority IBAs. The Programme has primarily used Biodiversity Stewardship to achieve these objectives, and today Daniel and his team are considered implementation and thought leaders in the sector.
Daniel’s current focus is leading the revision and extension of South Africa’s Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) network, and initiating and building the KBA Community in his positions as the African representative and global chair for the KBA Community, a part of the global KBA Programme. Daniel and other colleagues are also testing the first country level identification of Conservation Areas (OECMs), as per their reference in the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aic’i Target 11.