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Shadrach Kerwillain

Shadrach Kerwillain

Student on the MPhil in Conservation Leadership course,

Department of Geography, University of Cambridge


Biography:

Shadrach is interested in the cultural practices of local communities and how their indigenous knowledge can become a positive tool for the implementation of conservation projects.

He is from Liberia, a country endowed with bountiful land and amazing biodiversity, including the largest remaining block of the unique Upper Guinea Forest Ecosystem. He studied for BSc in Biology at the University of Liberia. He first engaged with the environmental sector through the national environmental youth movement. In 2009, 2012 and 2013 he represented my country at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. From 2009 to 2011, he was a member of a multi-sectoral team at the UNDP working on the Investment and Financial Flow Assessment of c

In 2012 he joined Fauna and Flora International, and worked primarily on piloting REDD+, but also managed the Strengthening African Forest Governance project under a grant from the EU. His experiences over the last few years have exposed him to conservation challenges in his country, and the need for astute and inventive solutions to solve these problems. He is optimistic that he will acquire unique knowledge and skills from the Masters course that will equip him to contribute more effectively to the design and implementation of high quality conservation programmes in his country.

Keywords

  • climate finance within the forestry, energy, and agricultural sectors
  • the cultural practices of local communities and how their indigenous knowledge can become a positive tool for the implementation of conservation projects
  • REDD+

As Liberia recovers from years of conflict, war-torn communities are slowly returning to their ancestral lands and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is helping them to secure sustainable livelihoods.

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