TNRC Event Virtual Panel: The COVID-19 pandemic, corruption, and the socio-economic impacts on local communities

Virtual Panel: The COVID-19 pandemic, corruption, and the socio-economic impacts on local communities

December 14, 2020

9:00am - 10:30am Washington, DC
2:00pm - 3:30pm Cambridge, UK
5:00pm - 6:30pm Nairobi, Kenya
9:00pm - 10:30pm Bangkok, Thailand

Remote Only

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About the event

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on local communities and their livelihoods, local economies, natural resource harvesting and food supply. These impacts may increase vulnerability to corrupt behaviors and activities. Join us for a virtual panel that will examine these impacts, discuss scenarios that may lead to increased corruption risks, and identify strategies to mitigate those socio-economic impacts as a way to help prevent corruption.

About the speakers

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Duan Biggs, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Grffith University
Namibian born Duan Biggs is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Environmental Futures Research Institute, and School of Environment and Science at Griffith University in Australia. Duan has two decades research, project and consulting experience from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Australasia on community-based conservation and governance. He has worked with WWF, the IUCN, Conservation International, BirdLife International and various government and community stakeholders on community-based tourism and conservation and on a community-based response to illegal wildlife trade. He is currently leading an initiative with support from the Luc Hoffmann Institute to develop a standard for resilient human wildlife co-existence in a COVID 19 world.

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Daniel M. Kobei, International Indigenous Forum for Biodiversity (IIFB), and Executive Director, Ogiek Peoples Development Program (OPDP)
Daniel Kobei is the Founder and Executive Director of Ogiek Peoples’ Development Program (OPDP), an NGO based in Kenya, with ECOSOC Status since 2019, and promoting the human and land rights of indigenous Ogiek Community and other Indigenous Peoples (IPs) of Kenya and Africa. He is the focal point on IPs matters in the International Indigenous Forum for Biodiversity (IIFB) under the Collaborative Partnership for Wildlife Management (CPW) established by Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) and has participated actively in CBD in fostering the issues of Indigenous Peoples and Local communities since 2008 to date.

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Nathalie van Vliet, PhD, Wildlife and Livelihoods Expert, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Nathalie van Vliet is associate researcher at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), focusing on the links between wildlife and livelihoods. She has worked for the last fifteen years on wild meat and its contribution to food security and local economies in Central Africa, the Amazon and the Caribbean region. Working at local, national and international levels, her research intends to provide more visibility to current wild meat use and provide objective data for innovative management policies that include ecological, cultural and socio-economic sustainability.

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Dilys Roe, Principal Researcher and Team Leader (Biodiversity), Natural Dilys Roe is a Principal Researcher at the UK-based sustainable development think-tank the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) where she leads the Institute’s work on biodiversity. She is also the Chair of the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group. She has over 20 years experience working on sustainable wildlife management, community based conservation and the links between conservation and development. She is a member of the UK Government’s Darwin Expert Committee and IWT Advisory Group.

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Sabri Zain, Director of Policy, TRAFFIC (Moderator)
Sabri is the Director of Policy for TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, and has nearly 30 years’ communications, campaign and policy experience in wildlife conservation. Sabri entered the conservation field when he joined WWF Malaysia as its Director of Communications in 1992. Eight years later, he joined TRAFFIC International based in Cambridge, UK. As TRAFFIC’s Director of Policy, Sabri is responsible for leading the development, implementation and coordination of TRAFFIC’s wildlife trade policy initiatives and priorities, as well as leading its policy interventions at major international conventions, high-level events and regional fora.

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