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November, 2005:


15 Nov 2005

Paul Laird
Corporate Partnerships Manager Earthwatch – Extn: 844

Paul joined Earthwatch in November 2005 and works with Earthwatch’s corporate partners in the agriculture and forestry sectors. As Corporate Partnerships Manager he coordinates programmes with British American Tobaccoand Syngenta in particular. As part of Earthwatch’s focus on sustainable resource management, these programmes raise awareness of the impacts of agriculture and forestry on biodiversity and develop capacity and skills to address those impacts. Paul has visited Earthwatch’s project Restoring Vietnam’s Forests, the ‘biodiversity and farming’ projects at Upton Farm and Bordeaux which are supported by Syngenta, and British American Tobacco Biodiversity Partnership activities in Africa, Asia and South America.

Previously he worked for Sheffield Wildlife TrustLiving Earth FoundationSOS Sahel and the Forestry Commission. Paul is a forester with an MSc in Environmental Management. He has over 20 years’ experience of managing forestry, agriculture and rural development projects in Africa (mainly Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia and Cameroon). He has a particular interest in exploring ways in which biodiversity conservation can contribute to sustainable livelihoods for rural communities.