Experts' profiles - Johannes Refisch
Johannes Refisch
Johannes Refisch holds a Diploma degree in animal ecology. He has held several scientific positions at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, the Natural Museum in Munich, Germany, the University of Basel, Switzerland, and the University of Alaska, USA.

Johannes also acted as the Co-Director of the Tai Monkey Project in Ivory Coast coordinating ecological and conservation-oriented research. The results of his study led to his PhD in 2001 as well as recognition in the form of a Research Conservation Award from WWF and the Centre Suisse in the same year. Johannes gained natural resource management (NRM) experience in conflict and post-conflict countries throughout his project work in the Cte dIvoire/Liberia border area and the larger Virunga Landscape, the border area between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda.

He later worked as a Programme Manager for the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), a coalition of African Wildlife Foundation, Fauna and Flora International and WWF, which has been facilitating a transboundary dialogue in the Virungas for more than 10 years. Since 2006, Johannes Refisch has been working as a project manager for the UNEP and UNESCO led partnership on great apes (GRASP). He has a wide experience in natural resource management and has assisted GTZ, IGCP, WWF and UNEP in designing, supervising and implementing NRM projects.

Currently he is involved in the design and supervision of projects on protected area management in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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