Categories Africa, Coordinators in Africa, People, Regional Coordinators

Christian Chatelain

Co-coordinator for Africa

Based in France. Christian is a “chercheur d’APACs”—a student and explorer of ICCAs and an advocate for their appropriate recognition and support. An agronomist and a protected area advisor, he has over 25 years of experience in Africa and Europe as an independent consultant in co-management of natural resources in forest, dry land, and coastal environments. Christian has been engaged in numerous field-based research and conservation initiatives on the shared governance of natural resources, community management and participatory management-end evaluation. For several years, his advocacy work for ICCAs was part of his volunteer contributions as a member of the Commission on Environmental Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) of IUCN. Since 2009, he has supported the endogenous process of establishing the first ICCA in Senegal. Christian is a father of three adolescents, a mountain-lover and climber, a member of the “Collectif ProMontBlanc”, engaged in the cross-border protection of Mont Blanc, and he acts as Co-coordinator for Africa, together with Salatou, Joseph, Alexis, and Vincent.