Julian Caldecott


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Who’s Julian Caldecott?


I’m an ecologist and writer who aims to help people reduce and repair the damage that we do to the biosphere.  I design ways to conserve and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, to build public understanding of the values of nature, and to encourage and enable people to increase their resilience to climate change.   My efforts have so far contributed to major conservation programmes in Indonesia (protected areas in Siberut, Flores and Central Sulawesi), Malaysia (the Maliau Basin Conservation Area in Sabah, awareness of the value of wild meat harvests and biodiversity in Sarawak and Malaya), the Philippines (in Samar), China (in Hainan), Sri Lanka (parts of the protected area system) and Nigeria (the Cross River National Park).  Major themes in my work include integrating development and conservation, promoting sustainable and equitable use of biodiversity and ecosystems, and exploring ways to finance conservation sustainably.  I’ve written several books, including Hunting and Wildlife Management in Sarawak (IUCN, 1988), Designing Conservation Projects (Cambridge, 1996, paperback 2009), Water: the Causes, Costs and Future of a Global Crisis (Virgin, 2007, paperback 2008, Finnish edition 2009, Spanish edition 2011), and Aid Performance and Climate Change (Routledge, 2017), and I co-edited the World Atlas of Great Apes and their Conservation (California, 2005).  My overall aim is to make the workings of the biosphere clear to all, so that we can understand how and why to start living on the Earth as if we intended to stay.  For more details, see my CV.