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Charlie Gardner

Terrestrial biodiversity Terrestrial biodiversity

A terrestrial ecologist by training and confirmed landlubber, Charlie advises BV on matters relating to protected area management and the terrestrial biodiversity of Velondriake. His doctoral research at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (University of Kent) focuses on reconciling conservation and development within Madagascar's rapidly expanding protected area system and, as a consultant, he has helped develop management plans for seven new protected areas across the south of the country. Having first visited Madagascar as a toddler in 1980, Charlie has long been fascinated by its unique wildlife and cultural heritage and has taken every opportunity to return; he has now been living in Toliara since 2005, where he works as a Scientific Advisor to WWF.