Charles Besancon is the coordinator for the LifeWeb Initiative at the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal Canada. LifeWebs goal is to facilitate funding to support area-based conservation and speed implementation of the 2011-2020 Strategic Plan for Biodiversity through achievement of the Aichi Targets. Charles job is to assist developing countries and countries with economies in transition to prepare funding requests consistent with their national planning frameworks and stated development goals with donors. He also works with donors to develop partnerships in support of the proposed projects.
Prior to this new appointment at the CBD, from 2006 to 2012 he was the head of the Protected Areas Programme at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge in the UK where he led the team responsible for numerous global monitoring initiatives including Protected Planet and the Protected Planet Report, the World Database on Protected Areas and a GEF-funded project in west Africa to promote climate resilient protected area systems.
He has represented various institutions at international treaty negotiations and congresses including the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, IUCN World Conservation Congress and the World Parks Congress.