«TRISTAN TYRRELL Email: tristan Skype: tyrrelltd Summary Over ten years of professional experience at the intersection of science and ...»
sustainability – conservation – livelihoods
Over ten years of professional experience at the intersection of science and policy, with a focus on the
nexus between biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being. I have solid data analysis and
writing skills for a wide range of technical and general audiences, as well as providing capacity building, and can readily draw on a wide network of international and national non-governmental organisations, intergovernmental agencies, and government and academic institutions.
I have a proven track record with field-level studies and project management in African and Asian countries, and international collaborations spanning academic, national government and civil society agencies and the UN system. I have supported a number of major international conservation processes, including Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
I have strong inter-personal, communication and coordination skills with working ability in English, French and Spanish.
Project Design, Evaluation, and Leadership I have held several project management positions and have completed numerous independent evaluations assessing global, regional and national level projects. I have supported the design, implementation, and evaluation of Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects on biodiversity conservation and sustainable land management. I have provided review of European Commission projects and initiatives, and assessing national progress against agreed targets. My leadership record includes serving as project manager on numerous initiatives, including for the CBD and national clients.
Such experience has entailed leading multinational and multi-disciplinary teams responsible for the design and implementation of complex international conservation programs. I have a working knowledge of most contemporary international project design, management and evaluation tools, including: logical/results frameworks, SWOT analyses, environment and social assessments, and project appraisal documents.
Biodiversity conservation I have worked on the ground in Africa and Southeast Asia and at the global level with major international agencies, gaining considerable experience of the realities in implementing effective and sustainable conservation initiatives. From leading a review of management options for the long-term viability of endangered giraffe in Kenya, to evaluating the ecological sustainability of bushmeat hunting in Equatorial Guinea, to seeking non-lethal human-elephant conflict mitigation techniques in Cambodia, I have witnessed the challenges facing managers in a number of scenarios. Furthermore, I have provided expert guidance to the CBD and Ramsar conventions and their Parties on the establishment and tracking of the effectiveness of national conservation strategies and action plans.
Curriculum Vitae – Tristan Tyrrell – January 2015 Page | 1 Sustainable Land Management I have contributed to successful efforts to design and implement programmes for sustainable land management (SLM) indicators, in particular relating to drylands under the UNCCD and climate change mitigation through Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in developing countries (REDD+).
I have worked on the linkages between biodiversity, ecosystem services and human wellbeing with a number of initiatives. At the field level, I have contributed to implementing sustainable activities for subsistence farmers in rural Cambodia seeking options to live in close proximity to elephants, and forest communities in Equatorial Guinea using bushmeat as a source for both protein and money. At the international level, I have provided strategies to the CBD in its efforts to mainstream biodiversity through linking it to poverty alleviation and human health, developed a global indicator on such linkages, and reviewed case studies of the indirect benefits to communities that have successfully implemented endogenous bio-enterprises for the Equator Initiative.
Facilitation, Training and Capacity building
I have organized and led a number of seminars and workshops, and have a proven ability to foster the necessary stakeholder participation to develop and implement integrated natural resource conservation programmes, including National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). I have assisted diverse interest groups to successfully fashion mutually acceptable and beneficial outcomes. I am comfortable working in formal and remote settings with local and national government agencies, communities, non-governmental organizations, and private enterprises. I have developed capacity building activities at the regional level in Central America (in Spanish), South-East Asia, and East and Southern Africa, and at the national level in West Asia.
I have provided guidance to private sector bodies, such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), on the use of biodiversity and ecosystem service indicators for corporate sustainability reporting. I have facilitated workshops in Europe and South America, and was invited to speak on the subject at a United Nations University-led conference in Japan.
Cultivating resilient partnerships between diverse stakeholders Collating, analysing and organising quantitative and qualitative data Producing high quality scientific and technical inputs Managing workflows, personnel, time and finances consistently Communicating complex environmental issues effectively to a range of audiences
References[Available upon request]
Curriculum Vitae – Tristan Tyrrell – January 2015 Page | 2 Relevant experience Independent Consultant (2011-present) Focusing on the biodiversity-ecosystem services-human well-being nexus, including the development
and use of monitoring and assessment systems. Clients to date have included:
• United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) o Support to countries with the NBSAP revision process including facilitating consultations with stakeholders, and target, action plan and indicator development o Review of urban ecosystem management options for a paper to the Rio+20 Summit o Input and review given to the fifth edition of the Global Environment Outlook o Global Environment Facility (GEF) Project Document development for global full-sized project proposals
• Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) o Project Manager for the CBD Secretariat of the High-Level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 o Review of potential for harmonisation of forest definitions across UN initiatives o Possible impact indicators for biodiversity and community well-being under REDD+ o Strategy to develop and implement feasible poverty-biodiversity indicators
• United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Equator Initiative o Book chapter using Equator Prize winners on measuring community well-being arising from endogenous bio-enterprise development (Tyrrell et al. 2014)
• UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) o Paper on dryland and sustainable land management monitoring & assessment systems o Review of the results of UNCCD performance indicator process (PRAIS) o Technical advice on the post-2010 composition of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership
• European Commission o Mid-term review of a 7th Framework Programme biodiversity project
• National governments o Development of national land use change indicators (Canada) o Policy advice on the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services to the EU Presidency (IPBES; Ireland) o National biodiversity monitoring plan in accordance with CBD and EU reporting (Ireland) o NBSAP guidance and implementation plan development (Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Maldives, Afghanistan and Lebanon) United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) – Programme Officer, Ecosystem Assessment Programme (2007-2011)
Provided leadership and technical assistance on a range of projects including:
• Biodiversity & human well-being: developing a global indicator on the well-being of communities directly dependent on local ecosystems;
• Private sector: a feasibility study with the Global Reporting Initiative on the corporate sustainability reporting on ecosystem services;
• Multilateral environmental agreements: highly successful delivery of the multi-million dollar GEF-funded Biodiversity Indicators Partnership in collaboration with over forty NGOs, IGOs, government and academic agencies developing a suite of indicators to track progress towards achieving the CBD 2010 Biodiversity Target, as well as providing associated capacity support to countries; support to UNCCD (both PRAIS and impact indicators) and Ramsar Convention on indicator design and implementation at national and global levels; assessment of opportunities for harmonised national reporting between CBD, CMS, CITES, UNCCD and Ramsar Convention;
• European policy: review of national-level progress against the European Commission Biodiversity Action Plan; support to the European Environment Agency-led Streamlining European 2010 Biodiversity Indicators (SEBI 2010);
• Contributions to IPBES, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO) and Global Environment Outlook (GEO) reports.
Curriculum Vitae – Tristan Tyrrell – January 2015 Page | 3 Fauna & Flora International – Consultant, Biodiversity & Human Needs Programme (2006) In parallel to M.Sc. research, carried out a review of the Elephant (Human-Elephant Conflict) Project’s existing reporting procedures in order to assist with the introduction of innovative socio-economic assessments of conservation success.
Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London – Field Researcher, Bushmeat Research Prog. (2005) Assisted on a doctoral study in Equatorial Guinea, supported by Conservation International, examining the feasibility of developing local-level indices to measure hunter effort and sustainability. Worked in small teams in the rainforest, each member relying on each other for support, cooking, navigation, etc.
Responsibilities included staff management, and data collation and verification.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – Junior Professional Associate, Red List Programme (2004) Six-month internship with the IUCN Red List Programme with duties including updating of the Red List database, liaising with the media, and analysis of the Red List data to respond to enquiries from both scientists and the general public. Also numerous contributions and responsibilities relating to the publication of Baillie J.E.M., Hilton-Taylor, C. & Stuart, S.N. (eds). (2004) 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: A Global Species Assessment. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.
Kigio Wildlife Conservancy – Field Researcher (2003) In parallel to B.A. (Mod.) research, established a conservation education programme aimed at primary school children in the surrounding area. Produced multi-lingual information leaflets, posters and worksheets, and organised guided local school trips to the Conservancy.
Memberships & Associations
• IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM)
• IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)
• International Association of Ecology & Health (IAEH) Education 2005-2006 M.Sc. Conservation Biology; Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent, UK.
Dissertation: An examination of the constraints to effective human-elephant conflict mitigation in rural Cambodia.
1999-2004 B.A. (Mod.) Hons. Environmental Sciences; Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Dissertation: An analysis of the spatial, social and feeding behaviour of Rothschild Giraffe in Kigio Wildlife Conservancy, Naivasha, Kenya.
Additional training 2014 Basic Security in the Field (BSITF) II; UNDSS (e-learning).
Advanced Security in the Field (ASITF); UNDSS (e-learning).
2010 First Aid at Work; St. John’s Ambulance, Cambridge, UK.
Diplôme de Français Professionnel – Scientifique et Technique B1; Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris, France.
2009 Performing Effectively in Multilateral Conferences and Diplomacy; UNITAR (e-learning).
Associated skills Computer literacy Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint, and Internet-based research. Experience of ArcView G.I.S., DataDesk and SPSS statistical packages, Microsoft Publisher and Dreamweaver.
Languages English (mother tongue), Spanish and French (competent), Irish (moderate) Curriculum Vitae – Tristan Tyrrell – January 2015 Page | 4 Relevant publications Revenga, C. & Tyrrell, T.D. (In press) Major River Basins of the World. In: C.M. Finlayson (ed.) Encyclopedia of Wetlands. Springer, Berlin, Germany.
Tyrrell, T.D. Cities as Urban Ecosystems. In: UNEP & World Bank. (In press) Toward a Partnership on Sustainable Cities. UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya and World Bank, Washington DC, USA.
Tyrrell, T.D., Hernandez Morcillo, M. & Fitzgerald, C. (In press) Health and well being of communities directly dependant on ecosystem goods and services: An indicator for the Convention on Biological Diversity. UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, UK.
Biodiversity Indicators Partnership. (In press) Biocultural Diversity: The intertwined status and trends of biodiversity, indigenous languages and traditional knowledge. (Editors: Tyrrell, T.D. & Loh, J.) UNEPWCMC, Cambridge, UK.
Tyrrell, T.D., Corcoran, J. & Hughes, O. (2014) Community Well-being and Biodiversity Conservation:
Examples from the Equator Initiative. In: B. Verschuuren, S.M. Subramanian & W. Hiemstra (eds).
Community Well-being in Biocultural Landscapes: Are we living well? Practical Action Publishing, Rugby, UK.