Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Desertrose ... Dr Nigel Crawhall

An icon and South African hero on the climate change scene .... Dr Nigel Crawhall, chatted to us on the iStart2 Show this week. His life interest revolves around the relationship between people and our quality of life - internal, external and inter-dependent. This is expressed in terms of social justice, environmental sustainability, wildlife conservation and personal growth.

iStart 3?
"Bad things happen if you allow them to happen"
- Nigel Crawhall

We chatted about his recent visit to Thailand, his work on Climate Change and the most important dates on the calender this year for finding solutions on sustainability issues and climate change.

Nigel specialises in supporting networks which deal with issues of biological and / or cultural diversity. His aim is to help people strengthen inclusive and democratic governance, and improve our psychological and spiritual well-being in concert with valuing the natural environment.

His professional and voluntary engagements seek to:

Assist communities, particularly indigenous peoples, in accessing policy opportunities which promote human and civil rights, bio-cultural diversity, respect for local identities, cultures, languages and appropriate development strategies. This work includes advocacy support related to the participation of civil society in the UNCBD, UNFCCC and IUCN forums. Recent areas of work deal with the interface of different knowledge and value systems in climate adaptation, biodiversity conservation and resilience planning.

Nigel's work with IUCN supports good governance of Protected Areas with the participation, benefit sharing and respect for indigenous peoples and local communities values, knowledge and sustainable use of natural resources;

With IPACC and IUCN, he works on themes of the interaction of science, traditional knowledge and policy making. With INEB and the We Have Faith network, he promotes interfaith cooperation, awareness-raising and action on democracy, governance, climate change and biodiversity.

To listen to the show just click play.

Thought of the day:

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