Juan Jose Castro-Chamberlain. Since 1978 Juan José Castro has worked with the Organization of American States, for which he is currently international co-director of technical cooperation on the La Amistad Biosphere Reserve projects in Costa Rica and Panama. He holds a B.S. degree in agricultural economics and international agricultural development from Cornell University (1965) and an M.S. degree in natural-resources development from the Centro Americano de Tecnología, Investigación y Educación (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica. Previously, he was with the U.S. Agency for International Development mission to Costa Rica and served as an associate director and program training officer for the U.S. Peace Corps program in Costa Rica. He has had private-sector experience as manager of Xerox and Copicentro and with Orlich Coffee production enterprises in Costa Rica. From 1970 until 1978 he was an associate professor in the School of Agricultural Economics of the University of Costa Rica.
Nina Chambers. Nina Chambers received an M.S. in wildland management from the University of Idaho. Her experience includes the design and implementation of conservation and community development projects associated with protected areas throughout Central America and in Jamaica. The main emphasis of her work has been in buffer-zone design and management, which emphasized the participation of rural villagers. Currently, she lives in northern New Mexico and is continuing conservation work for wild places and rural communities under the auspices of Round River Conservation Studies.
Joshua C. Dickinson III. Dr. Dickinson is executive vice president of Tropical Research and Development, an environmental management and land-use consultant firm operating world-wide. He is also founder and executive director of The Tropical Forest Management Trust Inc., a nongovernmental organization dedicated to fostering sound management of tropical forests. Dr. Dickinson holds a B.S. degree in engineering from the United States Naval Academy and M.A. and doctoral degrees in geography from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He did postdoctoral work at the Institute of Ecology at the University of Georgia and with the Organization for Tropical Studies. From 1967 to 1972 he was assistant director of the Center for Tropical Agriculture and assistant professor of geography at the University of Florida. He has lived in Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, and Honduras and has traveled to many countries of the world over the past 25 years of professional work in environmental management.
Dennis Click. Dennis Glick is an associate program director with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Bozeman, Montana, where he has been responsible for planning and directing the Greater Yellowstone Tomorrow project, which included the development of a Blueprint for sustaining the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Previously he served as the co-director of the Wildlands and Human Needs Program of the World Wildlife Fund and as WWF's Central American program officer. He has worked throughout Central America on wildlands and wildlife-related issues at CATIE and as a park planner for the Government of Honduras. He has consulted on numerous occasions on these issues in North, Central, and South America and is the author of numerous popular articles, journal publications, and planning documents. Mr. Glick holds a B.S. from the School of Forestry of Oregon State University and an M.S. from the School of Natural Resources of the University of Michigan.
Sam H. Ham. Dr. Sam Ham is professor of environmental communication and international conservation at the University of Idaho, where he teaches wildland interpretation, environmental education, international nature conservation, and ecotourism management. He has conducted training workshops in twenty countries throughout North, Central, and South America and is the author of more than eighty publications, including two widely acclaimed books on interpretative methods. He has served as senior editor of the Journal of Interpretation, and as National Research Chair for the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). He has received the University of Idaho's Outstanding Teacher Award, its Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence, and its Award for Teaching Excellence. In 1990 he was made an NAI Fellow and in 1992 was appointed to the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication.
Edwin E. Krumpe. Dr. Krumpe is professor of resource recreation and tourism at the University of Idaho and principal scientist of wilderness management and director of the University's Wilderness Research Center. He has over fifteen years of teaching and research experience in recreation and tourism management, wilderness and wild and scenic river planning, and public involvement and conflict management. During this period he has studied the preferences of park visitors, river floaters, and powerboaters for river-management strategies and the perceptions of conflict among the different types of users. He has recently specialized in designing public meetings where people can freely express their ideas based upon informed opinions in a non-threatening atmosphere. Dr. Krumpe is the author of numerous publications dealing with the management of parks and protected areas and other wildland preserves.
Lynn McCoy. Ms. McCoy is co-founder of Sustainable Decisions, Inc., a natural-resource planning firm based in Moscow, Idaho, which specializes in bringing together resource managers and members of the community to collaborate on park management direction. She has broad experience in public involvement as applied to natural resource management and has worked with diverse groups and agencies to help them solve conflicts and reach agreement on a variety of wilderness, wild and scenic river, and park plans. Ms. McCoy specializes in the application of the Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) planning system, a framework for establishing acceptable and appropriate ecological, social, and administrative conditions. Her research findings and conflict-resolving techniques have been presented at national and international conferences including the Vth World Wilderness Congress, in Norway, and the IVth World Congress on National Parks and Protected Areas, in Venezuela.
Jeffrey A. McNeely. Mr. McNeely is the director of the Biodiversity Programme of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in Switzerland, where he has worked for twelve years. Previously he had worked in Southeast Asia for twelve years, contributing to a wide range of conservation activities for governments, United Nations agencies, and private conservation organizations in Thailand, Indonesia, and Nepal. He is the author or editor of nearly twenty books, including Conserving the World's Biological Diversity; Parks for Life; Mammals of Thailand; Culture and Conservation; National Parks, Conservation, and Development; Economics and Biological Diversity; People and Protected Areas in the Hindu-Rush Himalaya; Mammals of the Palaearctic Deserts; and Soul of the Tiger. More than 100 of his technical articles and 150 of his popular articles have been published. He serves on the editorial advisory committee of several journals, including Environmental Conservation, Parks, Oryx, Biodiversity and Conservation, Tomorrow, and Sustainable Development.
Arturo Martínez. Dr. Martínez is the senior programme officer in the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Before coming to that position in 1993, he was the expert member in the Argentine delegation during the negotiation of the Convention and a member of the panel of experts established by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to follow up on it. From 1990 to 1993 he was Director of the Biological Resources Institute (INTA) in Argentina, which is the responsible for the management of ex-situ collections of genetic resources for food and agriculture. During that time he was also the Coordinator of the Southern Cone Regional Program (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay) of the Inter-American Center for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) for the collection, evaluation, and conservation of genetic resources for food and agriculture. His doctoral degree is from the University of Reading and the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew in the field of plant biosystematics.
Richard A. Meganck. Richard Meganck is director of the International Environmental Technology Center of UNEP. Previously he served as the director of the UNEP Regional Seas Programme in the Wider Caribbean and as director and regional UNEP representative for Asia and the Pacific. Dr. Meganck began his career in the mid-1970s as a faculty member in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and currently holds courtesy professorships at several universities. Before joining UNEP he worked for thirteen years in the inter-American system at the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has published widely on a number of subjects, including protected-area planning and management, climate change, and environmental education. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in watershed management and resource development and policy from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in natural-resource management from Oregon State University.
Simon Metcalfe. Simon Metcalfe is research associate at the Centre for Applied Social Science in the Natural Resource Management Programme at the University of Zimbabwe and adviser to the Zimbabwe Trust's program supporting CAMPFIRE. He holds a degree in political science with special reference to Africa from the University of Zimbabwe and was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at Cornell University in 1991 and 1992. He was an urban social and community worker in Britain and has worked in community development and primary health care in rural Zimbabwe, where he was field director of the Save the Children Fund (UK). Since 1988 he has been involved in community-based wildlife management and was the inaugural manager of the Nyaminyami Wildlife Management Trust and of the National Campfire Association of Wildlife Producing Communities. He is currently analyzing linkages between CAMPFIRE's emphasis on wildlife and other natural resources, with special emphasis on land tenure, and advising on enhanced resource-management training for community-based institutions.
William J. Possiel. William Possiel is vice president and director of the Brazil Regional Program of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). He has sixteen years of domestic and international experience in forestry, environmental education, and natural-resource management and currently administers four landscape-scale conservation initiatives in Brazil. He provides direction for the Conservancy's national and international efforts through participation on the TNC Conservation Committee. He lived in Brazil for two years working on the development of the Atlantic Forest Bioreserve and advising TNC on the development of the Brazil Program. Prior to this, he was Ohio state director for TNC where he completed a $11.5 million campaign to protect critical natural areas in Ohio and Latin America. He holds a B.S. in management science from Kean College, New Jersey, and a B.S. in forestry and an M.A. in anthropology from Oregon State University.
Manuel Ramírez. Manuel Ramírez is the country program director for Conservation International in Costa Rica and Panama, where he is in charge of its program of technical cooperation in the La Amistad Biosphere Reserve in both countries. He has ten years of experience working with the Tropical Science Center in natural-resource management projects throughout Latin America and has participated in technical assistance projects as a consultant in natural-resource management for the World Bank, UNDP, the Swedish International Development Agency, the Canadian International Development Agency, and the Andean Development Corporation, among others. In 1982 he received a degree in forestry engineering from the Institute Tecnológico de Costa Rica and in 1988 an M.F. from Yale University.
Richard E. Saunier. Richard E. Saunier is the senior environmental management adviser in the Department of Regional Development and Environment of the Organization of American States, where he has worked since 1975. Previously, 1970-1975, he held staff positions with the U.S. Peace Corps in Paraguay, Peru, and Washington, D.C., and during 1967-1969 he was visiting professor of forestry at the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia, Chile. He holds a B.S. degree from Colorado State University in forestry and range management and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in range ecology and watershed management from the University of Arizona. Dr. Saunier is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Strategy and Planning and of the Board of Directors of Planning Assistance, a non-profit group that gives management assistance to private voluntary organizations working in family planning and food production.
D. Scott Slocombe. Dr. Slocombe is an associate professor in the Department of Geography of Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada, and past director of the WLU Cold Regions Research Centre. His research interests are in ecosystem-based planning and management, ecosystem and landscape modeling, nonequilibrium systems theories, sustainability, and environmental reporting and information systems. He received a B.I.S. in ecology and environmental studies from the University of Waterloo, an M.Sc. in regional and resources planning from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in regional and environmental planning from the University of Waterloo. He is actively involved with several NGOs: as a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Strategy and Planning, as Vice-Chair of the new Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, and as a member of the board of the North American Association for Environmental Education.