Key Staff and Associates/Consultants

Key international staff are experienced practitioners in protected area management and landscape level planning approaches, in rural and community development. Working with civil society and government organizations alike, they have facilitated participatory planning processes on community, local, provincial and national level in Mongolia since 1998 to promote stakeholder cooperation for sustainable NRM and biodiversity conservation.

Keith Swenson looks back  on a long career at the forefront of conservation, including work as a wilderness ranger, station manager and advocacy expert on Antarctic conservation, and Field Manager of a wildlife sanctuary and species re-introduction project in Oman in his earlier career.  Working throughout Asia for the past 12 years with a number of international organizations and government agencies, Keith’s work experience has been instrumental in developing protected area and landscape level management and training programs, activities and projects for NZAID, UNDP, GTZ, World Bank, ADB, and SNV, among others.

Closely working with ministries and implementing agencies in areas as diverse as Mongolia, Laos PDR and Sri Lanka, Keith focuses on developing practical solutions to the everyday problems of interpreting and managing conservation development projects and initiatives as they are managed on the ground. Enabling communities, local governments and protected area authorities to achieve the best possible results from donor and government support.

Keith is a founding member of the New Zealand Nature Institute, and holds an MSc in Protected Landscape Management from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (ICPL, International Center for Protected Landscapes)

Sabine Schmidt is a practitioner for conservation partnerships, with proven skills as co-ordinator and facilitator in international, multi-disciplinary settings under challenging field conditions.

Her focus has been on Community Based Conservation in the context of, grasslands management, public lands, protected areas and climate change.

While her formal education and background in science and conservation is a strong asset, long term involvement in developing countries has led Sabine to people-centered approaches when designing, implementing and evaluating projects.

Sabine has worked extensively with local communites to strengthen their institutions as central actors in their own development and in natural resource management, and to facilitate partnerships for conservation and co-management.

Sabine holds a PhD in Natural Sciences (Paleo-Ecology) from the University of Tuebingen, Germany. She is a co-founder of the New Zealand Nature Institute, and the program director of IPECON- Initiative for People-Centered Conservation, the international program of NZNI.

National Associates and Consultants with NZNI

NZNI-IPECON has a team of international associates and national consultants on whom to draw for specific tasks in assignments.

In-country, these have included on previous assignments:

Altanchimeg Chimeddorj is the national rural livelihoods expert with NZNI-IPECON. With a background in trade and economics and over 10 years work experience in implementation of projects in community driven NRM and poverty reduction, rural finance, small enterprise development and buffer zone development, Altanchimeg brings a wealth of professional experience to the team. She has extensive field experience in participatory action research focusing on household livelihoods and environment-poverty linkages and contributed to major project development assignments. Altanchimeg has also been very active in supporting international exchanges between mobile pastoral communities and has facilitated participation of Mongolian community leaders in major international events including the COP 5 of CBD, the Global Pastoralist Gathering 2007 in Segovia, Spain, and the 2006 UN Forum of Indigenous Peoples.

Narangerel Yansanjav brings work experience in socially responsible business development, education and public awareness, and the non-government sector to the national staff team. Narangerel has extensive field experience in facilitating participatory analysis with communities and planning with stakeholders. In field studies and project development, Narangerel specializes in social analysis and socio-economic surveys and has recently completed a Master’s Degree in Rural Development at Keio University, Japan.

Tungalagtuya Khukhenduu is a conservation biologist and educator with a strong interest and experience in community based NRM and collaborative management of natural resources in Mongolia. Tungalagtua has extensive field research experience and is recognized as Mongolia’s foremost expert on the Grey Wolves. Tungalagtuya has worked with international research and environmental education programs, namely with research associates in Japan, and with educators of Denver Zoo and the US based NGO “Conservation Ink”. In-country, Tungalagtuya has been involved with the Center for Ecological Education. With NZNI-IPECON, Tungalagtuya has previously  focused on GIS for community based NRM and has worked extensively with local communities in developing capacity for community based wildlife monitoring.

Tungalagtuya has established a national NGO “Nomadic Nature Conservation”, and remains in close contact with NZNI.

Local Consultants and Liaison

NZNI cooperates closely with several local and national NGOs: “Participatory Nature Conservation”  (PNC) in South Gobi Aimag , “Citizens Participation and Conservation” (CPC) in Bayankhongor and Uvurkhangai Aimag and “Independent Council of Mongolia” (ICM) in Ulaanbaatar.

Key staff and Executive Directors of these NGOs, namely Mrs. Enkhtuya (CPC)., Mrs. Dulamsuren (PNC), and Mrs. Nyamsuren (ICM) are integral part of NZNI teams when working with local households and communities.

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