Manager: Regional Conservation Programme
Daniel has over 20 years of professional experience and leadership in the conservation sector, predominantly working in South Africa’s foremost conservation NGOs and 14 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 Regional Conservation Programme which aims to assist selected African countries with i) the effective identification and conservation of Red List [threatened] species and ecosystems, ii) identifying the most important places to conserve these threatened biodiversity, i.e. Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), and iii) using frameworks such as Privately Protected Areas (PPAs) and Other Effective Areas-Based Conservation Areas (OECMs) to safeguard these places.
Daniel is also leading on globally significant work through his chairing of the KBA Community, developing a global methodology to identify, report and support OECMs, and integrating these two global standards into international agreements, e.g. the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Post-2020 Biodiversity Strategy.