CERCOPAN welcomes new Protected area manager
This month we welcomed our new Protected Area Manager, Richard Mundy. A UK citizen, Richard spent the last 12 years working as Senior Scientist for the RPS Group in Ireland, and recently undertook placements in Afghanistan for the Conservation Organisation of the Afghan Mountains/UNEP, and Guinea-Bissau for Plan International. Richard holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences and Applied Ecology, and an MSc in Ecological Assessment. He is very excited to start on this new adventure in Rhoko, where he will be spending the next two years managing the Forest Conservation programme .
In addition to managing the protected area, Richard he will be assisting with our Community Conservation programme, working alongside Mike to ensure the smooth running of alternative livelihood projects, tree nursery, and implementation and enforcement of local community bylaws. Being an avid birder, Richard will hopefully add many new birds to the Rhoko species list we have been compiling over the years. Having met the Calabar staff, he is on the way to the forest as we speak to be settled in by Nicky, the Director, and Obio the Assistant Camp Manager. The CERCOPAN staff, both in Calabar and Rhoko, are delighted to welcome Richard to the team.