Bernard O’Callaghan has recently joined the Oceania Regional Office as its new Programme Coordinator. Formerly Programme Coordinator for the IUCN Vietnam Country Programme, Bernard brings with him a wealth of experience in wetlands and marine conservation in the Asia-Pacific region.
During his seven years with the IUCN Vietnam Country Programme, Bernard also served as Chief Technical Advisor to the World Bank/Global Environment Facility/IUCN initiative to establish the first comprehensive Marine Protected Area in Vietnam. His work has also involved providing technical assistance in the establishment and operation of national systems of protected areas and site management in Australia, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Bernard has a degree from Melbourne University and post-graduate degrees from Deakin University and University of New England in Australia. He is particularly interested in environmental management models that seek to involve local communities in the management process.
Bernard, in his role of Programme Coordinator, will be working with governments, partners, donors and communities to develop an integrated approach to the delivery of IUCN’s programme in Oceania. He firmly believes the IUCN Oceania Regional Office offers the opportunity to better synergise and strengthen conservation activities in the region, particularly through IUCN’s unique facility to convene innovative partnerships across sectors and between governments and non-governmental groups.