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Louisa Richmond-Coggan

Ecological Consultant , LRC Wildlife Conservation

About Louisa Richmond-Coggan

I have nineteen years of international experience in the field of conservation both in situ and ex situ. From an early age I have been passionate and intrigued by the natural world. My love of African wildlife and the continent they live in has shaped the person I am today and in turn the direction my professional career has taken. From my first visit to Tanzania to my current work in Namibia I have come to understand the multifaceted relationship between wildlife and people. It cannot be denied that people are the root cause of a species decline but they are also the key to a species survival as well; this is my focus. Every one of my projects has grown my understanding of this relationship. I do this by taking the time to sit and talk to the people who are impacted by wildlife in order to generate real world solutions. As a conservation scientist I believe we should always be asking the key question ‘How can people and wildlife coexist?’ In 2016, I realised that to establish practices which affect real conservation results in time frames that address challenges before they become irretrievable, conservationist need to be more innovative, flexible and collaborative in their approach than we have traditionally been. My solution to this was to become an independent ecological consultant, able to work where and when I was required and, crucially, with all stakeholders and not just the ones my views were aligned with and in 2017 I started LRC Wildlife Conservation.

Which category below best describes the type of organisation you currently work for/or run?

Consultancy

Areas of expertise

Species Management Research Partnerships and collaboration development Project/programme management Monitoring and evaluation Other

Would you be willing to mentor others in your area(s) of expertise?

Yes

Would you be be interested in being mentored?

Yes

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