Olivier Chassot

Candidate, WCPA Chair, IUCN

About Olivier Chassot

I was born in Switzerland, but my current home is Costa Rica where I have been living with my wife and daughter for the last 25 years. Over two decades, I have developed extensive knowledge in sustainability topics along with a wide experience in designing, fundraising, and implementing conservation biology programs, biological corridors, project planning, implementation and monitoring, the leadership of inter-institutional alliances at the national, bi-national, regional and international level, as well as in the creation of protected areas. My areas of expertise include biodiversity, landscape issues, connectivity conservation, transboundary conservation, protected areas, and World Heritage Sites, sustainable development, wildlife, governance, and ecosystem conservation. I have worked for local and international NGOs and the academy, and define myself as a passionate conservation practitioner compromised with high standards of excellence, and a team player able to build strong intercultural relationships. I love trail running, photography, reading, cooking, traveling, and meeting new people from different cultural contexts. I am fluent in French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, with limited working proficiency in German and Indonesian. I am currently learning Mandarin and Arabic.

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

Charity/Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)

Areas of expertise

Education & training Information technology Land/Water Management Partnerships and collaboration development Project/programme management Species Management

Would you be willing to be approached and share your lessons learned in your area(s) of expertise with our community?


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Recent Comments

Nov 19, 2020

Wonderful initiative! Cities have been expanding over the last two decades, and we are breaking our relationship with Nature. Municipalities have a strong power to establish urban protected areas and other urban conservation mechanisms that may contribute to re-connecting people with Nature in many ways. Well done, Ana and Buenos Aires!

Nov 06, 2020

Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing such a strong and wonderful lifetime experience with us. From my personal perspective, men have an extraordinary opportunity to bring the necessary changes in our society in general, and especially in our field, where inequalities and discriminations of all sorts still abound. Many of my female colleagues would be thrilled to know more about Women for Wildlife, please let us know how we all may contribute to spread the word. In the meantime, keep up the outstanding work!

Sep 19, 2020

This is great, Beth! I imagine that everyone experiences these difficulties and your blog clarifies a lot of issues from the very beginning; this is very useful! At some point I use Zoom (opening a session just for myself and accessing it from 2 devices - cell phone and computer) to record my PPT presentation (or any other support) and video "floating head". Then I download the recording. 

Sep 18, 2020

Beautiful story! Bees are amongst hunan beings” very best friend. We cannot live without them! Great work and long live Phoebe!

Sep 18, 2020

This is beautiful, Ranjini. A long and patient process with a lot of personnal involvement that is positively transforming society and incentiving others to follow. The first step is always the most difficult. In a few years you will probably look back and will be amazed about how things were when you started. Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience, and please keep on your extraordinary work!


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