Webinar Presenters

Ian Thomson

Has 54 years of continuous service in the wildlife and environmental profession. In addition to many in house qualifications he has university qualifications in ecology, integrated environmental management, environmental impact assessments and human resources management.

He has served in senior positions in government conservation and wildlife organisations before “retiring” public service and starting his own environmental consultancy in 1998, continuing to consult to national and provincial governments, funding organisations and private NGOs throughout central and southern Africa and Saudi Arabia.

He has carried out many research projects and been involved with conservation education both at school and university level and is a qualified level three field and dangerous game guide.

Protected Area Planning: A goal without a plan is just a dream

The planning of any protected area, whether it be a national park or a private game reserve, either terrestrial or marine, needs to satisfy legislative guidelines as well as sustainable ecological, economic and social principles.

In this presentation Ian unpacks the key issues in the context of the ultimate objective of securing global biodiversity and supporting appropriate global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

Ian presents a strong case for a wildlife and biodiversity-based economic model being more appropriate than commercial agriculture in many parts of the Savannah biome of Sub-Saharan Africa.


Date: 12 January 2022

Time: 13h00 (SAST)

Venue: This webinar takes place virtually over Zoom. Each attendee will receive a unique access code.

Pre-Registration Essential


1 Attendee £50.00

2-4 Attendees £45.00 (10% discount)

5-9 Attendees £37.50 (25% discount)

10+ Attendees £25.00 (50% discount)



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