What is your area of expertise in the field of conservation?
Dr Kathy Velander
Ecotourism / nature based tourism development particularly related to community involvement and development
Ecology – survey skills (plants and animals), habitat management
What are the key issues you are engaged with at the moment?
Community based nature tourism development, wildlife guiding, Questionnaire studies of communities and events
What could people in the outdoors do to protect and minimize their impact on the type of habitats you focus on?
Plan their developments based on the requirements of the local people as well as the tourists, ensure they have adequate funding and are aware of the potential social and environmental impacts any development might have rather than thinking tourism is easy money
How and why did you become involved with EOCA?
I was referred by a colleague, am impressed by the work carried out by the organisation and am delighted to be involved.