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Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe

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Togo
Togo

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Ethiopia
Ethiopia

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Tanzania

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China
China

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka

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Dubai
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Syria
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China

Dr Hu Defu, Mr Lu Jun, Jeremy Anderson and Marc Stalmans at Meihuashan Nature Reserve, China.

 

SOUTHERN AFRICA
Regional

  • Contracted by One and Only Resorts, part of the hotel group Kerzner International, to provide wildlife management and conservation advice for their new operations.
  • Assessment of the wildlife tourism potential and future trends in the product of a number of sites in southern Africa for ‘One and Only Resorts’, a division of Kerzner International (2003).
  • Prioritised the relative conservation importance and financial assistance needs of the proposed Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) for the Peace Parks Foundation (1999).
  • Training coordinator for the EU-funded SADC wildlife management training programme (1996-1997).
  • For the Regional Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Control Programme (RTTCP), a land-use study of the Common Fly-Belt, funded by the EU, and involving Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique (1995).
  • Team Leader and Wildlife Ecologist for FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) project involving survey of wildlife utilization in all ten SADC countries (1991).

Angola

  • Participation in reconnaissance survey for Giant Sable in Luando Reserve, Angola (2004).

Botswana

  • Preparation of a report “Perspectives on human-elephant conflict in the Mmadinare and Mathathane areas of south-eastern Botswana”, for the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Botswana (2004).
  • Preparation of tender documents and project plans for leasehold of two Controlled Hunting Areas in the Okavango Delta, Botswana for Michelletti Bates Safaris (Botswana) (1994).

Moçambique

  • Assessment of the infrastructure needs for five Transfrontier Conservation Areas in Moçambique for the Ministry of Tourism, funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF)/World Bank (2004). Project undertaken in conjunction with Consultec LDA, Maputo.
  • Survey of wildlife and associated tourism development potential of a forestry concession between Gorongosa National Park and Marromeu in the miombo woodlands of Moçambique as part of the pre-certification process for FSC (Forestry Steward Council) recognition (September 2004).
  • Planning and implementation of a wildlife survey of the Banhine National Park (Moçambique) for the African Wildlife Foundation (October 2004). A sample count by means of a helicopter was conducted using GPS-based software to record spatial distribution patterns.
  • Planning and management support for the Limpopo National Park (LNP), Moçambique, for the Peace Parks Foundation. Projects included a concept tourism development plan, game introduction recommendations, vegetation survey (as input to the management plan), assessment of carrying capacity for game in the 35,000 ha Sanctuary of the LNP, and transfer of knowledge and skills for carrying capacity assessment to the staff of Eduardo Mondlane University. These projects all form part of the restoration and development of this newly proclaimed (2002) National Park of 1,000,000 ha that adjoins the well-known Kruger National Park (2002-2003).
  • Vegetation assessments of the Banhine and Zinave National Parks for Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI), contracted by USAID to provide technical assistance to Moçambique, Zimbabwe, and South Africa in developing the plans for the Gaza-Kruger-Gonarezhou Transboundary Natural Resources Management Area (GKG-TBNRMA). The surveys identified individual plant communities and resulted in landscape maps for the two National Parks that cover respectively 700,000 and 400,000 ha. The survey results are used as basic building blocks for the management plan that is being formulated for these two Parks (2002-2003).
  • Ecological and technical feasibility analysis of the proposed Mahel Cattle/Game Ranching Project in Maputo Province, Moçambique, for Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI) as part of the GKG-TBNRMA (2002).
  • Prepared the Concept Tourism development plan for the Limpopo National Park, Moçambique for the Peace Parks Foundation (2002).
  • Surveyed the potential for community-based wildlife management in four pilot areas in Moçambique for the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and the Directorate of National Forests and Wildlife of Moçambique (2000).
  • Prepared the conceptual plans for Zinave National Park (5000 sq.km), Banhine National Park (7000 sq.km) and Coutada 16 (10000 sq.km) of the Gaza-Kruger-Gonarezhou TFCA for Directorate of National Forests and Wildlife of Moçambique and the Global Environment Facility (1998).

Namibia

  • Developed guidelines and coordinated the re-introduction of lion to the Kalahari Game Lodge in Namibia (30000 ha). Private Client.

South Africa

  • Development of conservation master plan, management overhaul, and restructuring of the environmental education programme of Lapalala Wilderness, South Africa, for the Parker family. Partner Roger Collinson has been appointed director of the Lapalala Wilderness as part of this effort (current).
  • Wildlife and conservation advisors to the Pam Golding Property Group, the leading real estate company in South Africa (current).
  • Environmental Control Officer (ECO) for Singita Lebombo, Nwanetsi Concession in the Kruger National Park (April 2004 – on-going). Singita Lebombo Lodge and Sweni Lodge are Members of Relais & Châteaux. The ECO functions as the interface between the operator and the South African National Parks with responsibility for 6-monthly environmental audits, evaluation of compliance with Record of Decisions and agreed upon procedures, and compilation of Environmental Management Plans (current).
  • Compilation of the Management Plan for the 18,000 ha Legalameetse Nature reserve on the Great Drakensberg Escarpment, Limpopo Province, South Africa (current).
  • Environmental Impact Assessments for the proposed expansion of the Bongani Lodge and development of a catchment dam in Mthethomusha Game Reserve, South Africa (current).
  • Member of a research team (Prof. K. Rogers and Prof. E. Witkowski of the University of the Witwatersrand, Dr A. Mills, Dr M. Stalmans) to study the savanna/grassland boundary. Two-year project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (February 2004 – on-going).
  • Development of a model for breeding disease-free Cape buffalo for a community project, for Index cc (2004).
  • Assessment of habitat suitability and carrying capacity for herbivores in the Mthethomusha Game Reserve, South Africa, for the Mpumalanga Parks Board. Project undertaken together with the Range & Forage Institute of the Agricultural Research Council (2004).
  • Drafting of the TOR for the projects needed to fulfill the requirements of the Integrated Development Plan for the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park (a World Heritage Site) for the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park Authority, South Africa (2004).
  • Conceptual development options available to the Mohlahla Community for the farm Lissabon 524KT, for Usumbomvu Development Consulting (Pty) Ltd (2003).
  • Assessment of carrying capacity and habitat suitability of the Greater St.. Lucia Wetland Park (South Africa), for wild herbivores (2003). The project was conducted as a joint consultancy with the Range and Forage Institute of the Agricultural Research Council, South Africa.
  • Guest speaker and expert at a Game Farming and Tourism work session for private landowners in the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, organised by the Landbou Weekblad, one of South Africa’s two largest agricultural publications (2003).
  • Options study for the Straalhoek State Forest, Eastern Cape, South Africa, in association with Maseko Management Services and Contour Project Managers (2003). This project, undertaken for the South African Department of Water Affairs & Forestry within its Participatory Forest Management framework, explored forest-derived sustainable utilisation and entrepreneurial opportunities for the surrounding communities.
  • Compilation of a landscape and habitat map (using field surveys, aerial photography and GIS modelling) as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment process for the Boynton Platinum Mine. The area is located in a recognised centre of plant endemism in the north-eastern part of South Africa (2003).
  • Vegetation and soil inventories of 85,000 ha of expansion areas between the Pilanesberg National Park and Madikwe Game Reserve for the North West Park & Tourism Board, South Africa (2002-2003). The results are instrumental for planning a corridor between the two protected areas. The project balances ecotourism and economic development with protection and restoration of a semi-arid landscape (2002-2003).
  • Scoping report on the environmental impact of trophy hunting on the Timbavati, Klaserie, and Balule Private Nature Reserves and their wildlife populations for the Association of Private Nature Reserves (those bordering the Kruger National Park within South Africa), 2003.
  • Strategic development plans for the Songimvelo and Barberton Nature Reserves for the Mpumalanga Parks Board, South Africa (2002).
  • Developed a business plan for a tented camp within Mthethomusha Game Reserve, South Africa, for the Mpumalanga Parks Board (2002).
  • Prepared the environmental component of tenders for two of the tourism concession areas in Kruger National Park for clients Thornybush & Inzalo Investments and Hyatt Hotels (2000).

Zambia

  • Evaluation of the institutional capacity and needs assessment of the Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) for NORAD (2004 - on-going).
  • For WWF International, definition of the conservation issues in the Bangweulu Basin (Zambia), and the development of a Project Concept for the conservation of the Basin (which covers about 190 000 sq.km) and its Wetlands (1998).
  • For WWF-Denmark, supervision of Biologist on WWF-DANIDA Bangweulu Wetlands Project, Zambia; terms of reference included design of research programme for an extensive community-based wildlife utilisation scheme in the Bangweulu Swamps, Luapula Province (1994 & 1995).
  • Led planning team commissioned by the Zambian Dept. of National Parks & Wildlife Services (European Community funding administered by World Wide Fund for Nature) to prepare a baseline Management Plan for the Lower Zambezi National Park (4000 sq.km), 1992-1993.
  • Co-ordination of EIA for proposed Batoka Gorge hydropower dam on the Zambezi River (1992).
  • IUCN representative on multidisciplinary team to review the Luangwa Integrated Resource Development Project (LIRDP), 1989. The LIRDP is an important experiment in the integration of conservation with development, with a budget estimated at US $25 million.
  • Recruited by the University of Edinburgh (as part of an EC Link with the University of Zimbabwe), to teach the Wildlife Ecology module on the Masters Programme in Tropical Resource Ecology, Univ. of Zimbabwe, and to supervise associated MSc student theses (through 2000).
  • For the Save Valley Conservancy, an Environmental Appraisal (EA) of a major wildlife restocking exercise; the EA was a condition for an IFC/World Bank loan application for US $ 1 million to support the restocking programme (1997).
  • Wildlife expert for Geotech Associates (in association with CODA and partners) for the Zambezi Valley Master Plan Study, 1989. This major study, funded by UNDP, resulted in a five volume report.
  • Senior author of World Bank funded project for Forestry Commission on patterns of fuelwood utilisation and deforestation in Zimbabwe (1988).
Zambia
Marc Stalmans at entrance to Lochinvar National Park (Aug 2004).
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CENTRAL AND WEST AFRICA
Regional

  • Advised on strengthening protected area management and controlling the bush meat trade in Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, and Cameroon as part of the Central World Heritage Forest Initiative (CAWHFI) for FAO and UNESCO (2001 & 2002).

Togo

  • Advised on the development and management of National Parks, including Keran National Park and Fosse-aux-Lions, for the South African Department of Foreign Affairs (1989).

EAST AFRICA
Ethiopia

  • For TAMS-ULG Consultants, Ecologist and Wildlife/Tourism Specialist on the Baro-Akobo Integrated Development Master Plan Project, Ethiopia (client: government of Ethiopia). 1995 and 1996.

Tanzania

  • Prepared guidelines for managing free-ranging lion populations for trophy hunting for Tanzania Game Trackers, the largest Safari hunting company in Tanzania (2002).


ASIA
China

  • Assessment of seven pre-selected areas in south-east China to determine the most suitable site for a tiger re-introduction project for the Save China’s Tiger Trust. This assessment was conducted together with scientists of the state Forestry Administration. Required management interventions, gaps in management capacity, and planning needs were identified (2003).

Sri Lanka

  • Reviewed and amended the Management Plans for 18 Protected Areas in Sri Lanka for the FAO (including large National Parks such as Yala, Wasgamuwa, Uda Walawe, Bundala and Lunugunwehera ), as part of an FAO/UNDP team assessing a GEF-funded programme to enhance capacity, planning, and development within the Department of Wildlife Conservation.

MIDDLE EAST
Regional

  • Concept development for a wildlife project in the Middle East (current).
  • Advisor to the South African Department of Foreign Affairs on wildlife queries from Sudan and Libya (1999).

Dubai

  • Formulation of integrated project for desert leisure, conservation, and eco-tourism (1997-1998).

Syria

  • Development of an ecotourism plan for the Al Talila Reserve and areas surrounding the World Heritage Site of Palmyra, Syria (2003). The reserve and its wildlife forms part of the Al Badia rangeland rehabilitation programme.
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Jeremy Anderson, Marc Stalmans, Roger Collinson with staff from Grant Thornton and the Zambian Wildlife Authority at a ferry crossing of the Kafue River near Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia (Aug 2004).
 

ICS and its principals have also provided services to the following organisations:

  • Anglo American Corporation Services, Ltd.
  • Development Alternatives, Inc. (USA)
  • Debswana Pty. Ltd.
  • Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, South Africa
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, South Africa
  • Eastern Cape Provincial Government, South Africa
  • KPMG Leisure and Tourism
  • Price Waterhouse Environmental Consultants
  • SASOL
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • World Conservation Union (IUCN)
  • WWF (Namibia)
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An Ecotourism Strategy for Al Talila Reserve and Adjacent Areas