Mr. Alan Saunders has been appointed Regional Programme Coordinator for IUCN Oceania.
Mr. Saunders is a New Zealand national and holds a Master of Science degree in Zoology from the Victoria University of Wellington.
He comes with 40 years of experience having worked in wildlife and habitat conservation starting with the NZ Wildlife Service, and then the Department of Conservation. Although he has specialised in species recovery and invasive species management, the social, political and institutional dimensions to conservation have increasingly interested Alan. After 6 years with the Pacific Invasives Initiative, based at the University of Auckland, Mr. Saunders took up the position of Manager of Invasive Species International, with Landcare Research based in Hamilton where he spent four and a half years, with a continued focus in the Pacific.
In addition to relationship building and project development Mr. Saunders has retained technical roles including inputs to invasive species management feasibility studies and project reviews. He is a strong advocate for island restoration, and biodiversity conservation.
Mr. Saunders is excited by the prospects that his new role presents – especially in implementing the IUCN Oceania regional programme, including collaborating further with agencies already engaged in conservation in the region, and in forging new partnerships. His background in threatened species management means he will bring a sense of urgency, and a commitment to conservation action with him!
Mr. Saunders took up the position on 11 March, 2013.