Salamatu J. Fada | PhD Biodiversity Conservation; PG Cert HE (Bangor, UK) | University of Jos, Nigeria | Department of Geography and Planning
Originally from North – Eastern Nigeria. I moved to Bangor Gwynedd North-Wales in January 2011 and have studied, worked and live here since then. My education and work experiences are in the environment and education sectors, locally and internationally.
My research interests have revolved around conservation and environmental science including specialized areas like savannah ecosystem ecology and natural resource management, including protected areas management (using participatory approaches), waste management, human-wildlife conflicts, vulnerability and adaptations of livelihoods to climate change in semi-arid and arid regions.
I am Founder CEO of JAVS Environmental Care Ltd (Nigeria) AND Tallafi is a UK based Charity
I am currently a freelance educator, consultant, mentor and altruist. I am founder and chair of the Gwynedd Africa Society (GAS) In September 2018, with the blessings of the Major of the city of Bangor, his worship John Wynn Hughes, we established the Gwynedd Africa Society (GAS). GAS is a collective of members of the African diaspora community and people in Gwynedd, North Wales (UK) who are interested in Africa. We provide support and opportunities for Africans living or studying in the North Wales and other parts of the cultures with the local communities around us. The main aim of the society is to explore and establish links between Africa and Wales under three focus areas: Social, Education and Business (SEB). Since then, there has been huge interest and attention on GAS. I have talked in several meetings throughout Wales and have several organizations collaborating with us including Hub Cymru Africa, Sub-Saharan Advisory Panel, Race Council Cymru, Bangor University (Sustainability Lab, Widening Access, International Student Support etc.) National Slate Museum Wales, Fair Trade etc.
In 2015, I received the Outstanding Black Woman Achievement Award in Wales.
Erasmus H. Owusu | PhD Biodiversity Management (Kent, UK); Cert MHEI (Israel) | University of Ghana, Accra | Legon | Department of Animal Biology & Conservation Sciences
Prof. Erasmus H. Owusu is an Associate Professor in Conservation Science at the Department of Animal Science and Conservation Biology of the University of Ghana.
He has a PhD in biodiversity management from the Durell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) of the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK, BSc. in Natural Resources Management from the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Postgraduate Certificate in Biodiversity Monitoring and Assessment from the Smithsonian Institution in the USA. Prof Owusu is the current Director for the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies and the immediate past Head of Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science of the University of Ghana.
He has over 24 years of functional experience in biodiversity management both in academia and the NGO sector. He has rich experience in biodiversity project management having worked and managed several biodiversity conservation projects funded by the UNDP and the World Bank. Prof. Owusu was the team leader of the Ghana’s component of the Important Bird Areas project, which documented areas critical for bird conservation across the country. Since the year 2003, he has lectured in Conservation Biology, Animal Ecology, Wildlife Management, wetland ecology among others at undergraduate level.
Within the same period he lectured in Advanced Animal Ecology and Tetrapod Conservation Biology and Field techniques at the graduate level in the University of Ghana. Prof Owusu has also supervised a number of postgraduate and undergraduate student projects and published 41 journal articles, five (5) book chapters and two (3) handbooks. He is a member of the National Biodiversity Committee and was part of the team that developed the National Biodiversity Strategy for Ghana. At the international level, Prof Owusu is currently the representative of Western Africa on the Technical Committee of the African Euro-Asian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA).
Rebecca is a Circular Economy and Resources Specialist and Director of Ynys Resources Ltd.
With over 19 years in the Waste and Resources industry, she has a wealth of experience working in a practical and mentoring role to develop innovative ideas and solutions. She started in landfill as a consultant Environmental Engineer responsible for CQA, leachate and gas management plans. Awareness of the scale of wasted resources saw her move to the development of markets for recyclables. Keen to be part of the drive for innovation to improve these markets, she joined Bangor University as the WISE Network coordinator where she successfully bridged the gap between business and research, delivering effective waste and resources management and sustainable solutions to business and ensuring partnerships between academia and the business and wider community.
As previous Chair of CIWM she is well connected in the Welsh waste and resources sector. Rebecca sits on a number of Technical Expert groups and steering groups helping to implement and develop Welsh policy. Embracing the challenges presented in developing a more resource efficient future, she has had a natural progression towards a circular thinking approach. Rebecca is an accredited Wastesmart trainer, registered BREEAM Assessor and holds an MBA in Environmental Management.
Mr Yusuf Jidda
Femke van Gent is a Dutch illustrator working in Wales since 2002. She has been making illustrations for environmental education for over 20 years and enjoys the fact that she helps children to build a deeper relationship with nature. Femke has had an interest in African culture since travelling to Kenya in 1992 to do research on oral history. After meeting an influential artist from Nigeria 2010 who was doing a residency in Wales, she has dedicated her time in building a network with the vibrant art world there. She is very excited to be combining her passion and skill towards making JAVS Environmental Care Ltd a real success.
Mr Andrew J. Packwood
Our Projects and
GyaraYankari is a project previously sponsored by the Bauchi State Government to update a management plan for Yankari Game Reserve, Nigeria. GyaraYankari explored options of Establishing and Partnering with surrounding communities. We were a team of both international and local expert Researchers and Stakeholders working together to produce an updated Management Plan for Yankari, Nigeria. GyaraYankari has givenbirth to Tallafi UK - which is a charity registered in the UK but operates in Northern Nigeria (see www.tallafi.org)
Waste Management Africa
Communicating Climate Change (CCC)
Hippo Conservation in Nigeria
Evidence Base Conservation West Africa
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