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Chrisgel Ryan Cruz

Chrisgel Ryan Cruz

MPhil student on the Masters in Conservation Leadership,

Department of Geography, University of Cambridge


Biography:

My professional career and personal passion has led me to engage with policy and technical issues in biodiversity management. I gained a BA in Social Sciences and Psychology (2001), and a 4-yr post-graduate LLB in Law (2005), from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

From 2006 to 2009, I worked on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture conservation, and on sustainable use issues pertinent to farmers' and local communities' practices and rights, giving me experience of the workings of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR).

In 2010, I served as Litigation Officer for a local non-governmental alternative law practice organization working for agrarian reform and environmental rights protection in southern Philippines. Most recently, I have engaged with the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network, a regional inter-governmental network on wildlife law enforcement cooperation and collaboration based in Bangkok, Thailand. I hope that the Masters in Conservation Leadership will expand my abilities and judgment on conservation issues, facilitating my growth and development as a conservation practitioner.

Keywords

  • policy and technical issues in biodiversity management
  • sustainable use issues pertinent to farmers' and local communities' practices and rights
  • plant genetic resources for food and agriculture conservation
  • wildlife trade and law enforcement