James Jackelman has 14 years of direct work consulting experience in government (SANParks, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, City of Cape Town), NGO (Wilderness Foundation) and private (Sea Farm) conservation and protected areas agencies in South Africa.
Since 2002, he has traded as a sole proprietary business providing consultancy services in strategic and operational planning and management of protected areas, protected area systems and protected area institutions. Much of his recent contractual work has been focused on supporting the design, development, implementation and performance monitoring of GEF-funded biodiversity conservation projects.
His protected area and biodiversity planning and management experience spans 6 sub-Saharan African countries (South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola, Botswana), 2 Indian Ocean Islands (Mauritius, Seychelles), 6 eastern European countries (Montenegro, Croatia, Latvia, Moldova, Macedonia, Albania), 6 central Asian countries (Azerbaijan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan), 1 south Asian country (Pakistan), 1 Oceania country (Papua New Guinea) and 1 south-east Asian country (Thailand).
It includes work on inter alia: protected area management planning (15 national parks, 52 nature reserves, 2 world heritage sites and 1 trans-frontier conservation area); protected area expansion (5 countries); financial and business planning for protected areas (5 countries); institutional development of protected area agencies (3 countries); norms and standards for protected areas; national and local biodiversity strategies and action plans; biodiversity mainstreaming; ecosystem-based climate change adaptation; agro-biodiversity conservation; and sustainable forest and pasture management.
James has developed an extensive and wide-ranging knowledge of national and international best practices in biodiversity conservation and protected area management. He has exceptional project management skills, with a particular strength on retaining a focus on completing the contracted work on time, within budget and to very high standards. He has also demonstrated a unique skill in conceptualizing and tailoring new, creative and innovative approaches to addressing idiosyncratic conservation challenges across a wide variety of contextual situations.
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