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Dr Julian Oliver CALDECOTT
I graduated from Southampton University in Biology with 1st Class Honours and completed my Ph.D. on rainforest ecology and primatology at Cambridge University. I then studied wildlife management and biodiversity conservation before becoming involved in sustainable development consultancy. I have since led major formative (‘where do we go from here’), summative (‘what have we learned’) and synthesis (‘what did it all mean’) evaluations, for the EC, UK, Norway, Finland and Switzerland, focusing on actions concerned with climate change, biodiversity, ecosystem management, and related issues of sustainability and institutional and community development.
I have led strategic programme reviews and project identification and formulation missions for the EC, Finland and Norway, and advised private corporations on carbon conservation and biodiversity investment opportunities, and on environmental change and investment risks. I have significant public policy and programming experience in environmental early warning and risk reduction, and in aspects of climate change adaptation and mitigation that include sustainable rural development and community resilience, restoration and management of ecosystems to preserve environmental goods and services, and carbon conservation strategies.
My work has been carried out in countries across South-east, South-west, South and East Asia, Central and South America, and East and West Africa. I have given keynote speeches on environmental sustainability at international public and private sector conferences, and as a prolific writer and experienced editor I have written studies for UNEP on disaster risk reduction and environmental policies, laws and treaties, while also publishing my own books through the Cambridge and California university presses, and the World Bank and other institutions, on subjects ranging from water, biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, to good governance, aid performance and climate change.