Categories Africa, Coordinators in Africa, People, Regional Coordinators

Christian Chatelain

Regional 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 35 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. He also teaches at the hepia University of Geneva since 2014 about Conservation and related conflicts, governance and stakeholders strategies. Christian has three children. He is 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 Emmanuel.