Neil Burgess is a conservation scientist with field engagements in Tanzania and Denmark.  He leads the science program at UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Center in Cambridge, UK and has a part time professorship at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.  In Tanzania he is the Vice Chairman of the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group and has worked for many years for WWF and other NGOs.  His driving passion is finding out and implementing conservation that works at scales from global to local, and in bringing science and analysis to help decision making and to deliver better conservation outcomes.

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As the American biologist and naturalist E.O. Wilson said, “the worst part of ongoing planetary despoliation is biodiversity loss.”1 The term biodiversity refers to the variety of life on Earth at all its levels, from genes to ecosystems, and the ecological and evolutionary processes that sustain it. Biodiversity includes not only …

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