Session I - Landscapes as food provision systems

26 September: 12.20 - 13.50 CET

The session aims to lead the audience in understanding food security issues at the global level; what happens if a vital ecosystem service, such as wild meat, becomes depleted; and how the food security within Indigenous Peoples’ lands can be made compatible with the conservation of these areas.


Julia Fa_edited.jpg

Julia E. Fa

Professor Biodiversity and Human Development, Manchester Metropolitan University and Senior Associate, CIFOR

Julia Fa has a doctorate in Animal Ecology from the University of Oxford. She has more than 30 years’ experience in academic research and teaching in conservation science in Africa, Latin America and Europe. Her research focuses on ecology and human development. She is particularly interested in hunting and use of wildlife in the tropics and subtropics and understanding the drivers of zoonotic diseases. She is Professor of Biodiversity and Human Development at the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and is a Senior Research Associate with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) where she coordinates the Bushmeat Research Initiative.



Neil Burgess

Chief Scientist, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Principal Investigator, GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub

Neil Burgess has been working in conservation science and practice for more than 20 years, in the UK, Denmark and tropical Africa, especially eastern Africa.  He works at the interface between field conservation, developing country capacity building, and the delivery of science at the global level and together with policy makers.  The focus of Neil’s work in recent years is on developing conservation science that is aimed at international conservation policy targets, such as those agreed under the Convention on Biological Diversity, CITES and the UNFCCC, and the Sustainable Development Goals.  This includes managing a large project on global trade and its impacts on nature and people such as the GCRF Trade Development and the Environment Hub.

Hollie Booth.jpg

Hollie Booth

DPhil Researcher, University of Oxford (ICCS, Department of Zoology); Technical Advisor, Wildlife Conservation Society; Technical Coordinator, Conservation Hierarchy

Hollie Booth is an interdisciplinary conservation scientist, with over a decade of experience spanning three continents and several themes, from international environmental policy in Cambridge; to community-based tourism in Ethiopia; to protected area management in East Africa; to shark and ray conservation in South East Asia. Despite this variety, she has always maintained a common interest in understanding synergies and trade-offs between conservation and human well-being, and is particularly interested in applied research for designing equitable and cost-effective conservation interventions. She has an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences and Management Studies from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London and is currently completing a DPhil in Zoology at the University of Oxford.

Stephen Garnett 3.jpeg

Stephen Garnett

Professor of Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University

Stephen Garnett is a conservation biologist working on threatened species, particularly birds, and sustainable nature-based livelihoods. He has been based in tropical Australia for most of the last 40 years, for the last 15 at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, and work with a network of students and collaborators from around the globe. His research above all tries to have direct links to policy that will balance social equity with sustainability and has encompassed a broad range of topics including biology, economics, social science, engineering and urban design. He was heavily involved in creation of the first global map of Indigenous lands and am also coordinating efforts to improve governance of the global list of species.



David Wilkie

Executive Director, Rights + Communities, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Dr. David Wilkie is Executive Director of Rights + Communities ( at the Wildlife Conservation Society ( He is a founder of the Conservation Measures Partnership, was a co-chair of the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force, and helped establish the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights.  David has over 30 years of experience working in international conservation in Central Africa, Central and South America and Asia.  He is a Ph.D. wildlife ecologist with a post-doctoral specialization in anthropology. He has published more than 150 peer reviewed articles and books. He is the WCS lead advisor for the EU SWM Program led by FAO.

Dilys recent headshot - Copy.jpg

Dilys Roe

Principal Researcher and Team Leader (Biodiversity) and Chair, IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi)

Dilys Roe leads IIED’s work on biodiversity and conservation. Her work focuses on the human dimensions of conservation – including understanding and supporting the necessary conditions for effective community-based conservation. A strong element of her current work is on engaging local communities in tackling illegal wildlife trade and, more broadly, enhancing community voices in conservation policymaking and strategies for linking biodiversity conservation with poverty reduction and social justice. 

In addition to her role at IIED, Dilys is also Chair of the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi) and also a member of the UK Government Darwin Expert Committee (DEC) and Illegal Wildlife Trade Advisory Group.

ShaneMahoney_GL46550 (1).jpg

Shane Mahoney

Vice-Chair, IUCN CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group, and CEO of Conservation Visions

Shane Patrick Mahoney, President of Conservation Visions and Founder of the Wild Harvest Initiative®, is an internationally recognized conservationist and wildlife advocate, and is considered a foremost expert on the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.  Former Executive Director of Sustainable Development and Strategic Science for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Shane serves as Deputy-Chair of IUCN’s Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi) and as an IUCN representative to the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW).  He also serves as President of the Policy and Law Division for the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC).