Experts' profiles - Matthew Woods
Matthew Woods
Matthew Woods has been working on the UNEP-led Great Apes Survival Project (GRASP) Partnership since January 2003. He is part of a core team in Nairobi that liaises with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments and communities around the world to identify and implement strategies that benefit gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans, their forest habitats and their human neighbours. Matt's tasks range from providing advice to governments on great ape national planning to helping in the design of field projects that test and replicate innovative approaches.

His professional interests include the relationships between the private sector (tourism, timber, biofuel, etc) and the great apes, new financial mechanisms for ecosystem conservation (e.g. carbon payments) and great apes as a bridge for wider issues such as international cooperation and involvement of forest dwelling people in decision making.
Matt brings to his current position perspectives and practical knowledge from previous experiences in Canada (federal government, environmental NGOs), Burkina Faso (health sector), Germany (farming) and Japan (education sector). He has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Victoria in Canada.

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