Drawing on their experience, networks and knowledge the international Oversight and Selection Panel (OSP) is responsible for recommending which projects should receive major grants by independently applying the programme’s criteria. In addition, the OSP provides periodic guidance and oversight in relation to the programme’s overall implementation and strategy.

The OSP’s membership is comprised of distinguished individuals with a range of experiences and expertise relevant to the Endangered Landscape Programme.

Angelo Salsi

Angelo Salsi studied agricultural sciences at the University of Bologna, and started his career as an agro-meteorologist. In 1994 he joined the European Commission, in the Nature Conservation department of the Directorate General for Environment. In 2000 he was appointed deputy head of a new department – “The LIFE Unit” – which had responsibility for managing the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. Angelo currently works as manager of the LIFE and Eco-Innovation unit in the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). Here he is on the front line helping EU member states and all concerned parties to protect Europe’s environment and natural heritage as well as supporting the EU’s efforts in the battle against climate change.

Anne Tolvanen

Anne Tolvanen holds a professorship in forest ecology and the multiple use of forests at the Natural Resources Institute Finland and the University of Oulu, Finland. Her present work concentrates on the reconciliation of the use of natural resources, and her group develops models and tools that are used in the planning and management of peatland and forest ecosystems. Her related research also covers a wide range of ecological and socio-ecological questions in terrestrial boreal and arctic ecosystems: ecological restoration of forests and peatlands, sustainable nature tourism, land use conflict mapping, and arctic vegetation responses to climate changes.

Bart Fokkens

Bart Fokkens worked for 40 years with the Ministry for Water Management in the Netherlands in various positions in the field of Land, Water and Wetland Management, often participating in international cooperation programs. These included twinning projects between the deltas of the Rhine, Danube, Volga and Pechora and capacity development and training under the framework of the Ramsar Convention. Between 2002 and 2010 he was president of the Dutch National Union of Provincial Nature Conservation Organisations. He is the co-founder (1999) and for ten years was the chair of the European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR) a Pan – European network of national river restoration centres and other members bound by their common mission to promote and enhance ecological river restoration. He remains an associated expert with the ECRR and also with Wetlands International.

Sir Charles Raymond Burrell

Sir Charles Burrell studied for a Higher National Diploma in Agriculture and Advanced Farm Management at Cirencester Royal Agricultural College. He inherited Knepp Castle Estate in West Sussex from his grandparents in 1983. Despite intensifying the Estate’s arable and dairy business for seventeen years, farming on the heavy Sussex clay remained unprofitable. All 3,200 acres of the Knepp Estate are now devoted to a process-led rewilding project involving free-roaming herds of cattle, horses, pigs and deer as drivers of habitat creation. In 2015, Knepp Wildland received a People Environment Achievement (PEA) award for Nature and, in 2017, the Anders Wall award for special contribution to the rural environment within the European Union.

Gerardo Fragoso

Gerardo Fragoso is responsible for the development and management of Arcadia’s environmental grants portfolio. He was previously Head of Programme at the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre, where he was responsible for overseeing the provision of advice to national and intergovernmental authorities on the protection of endangered species and their habitats. Gerardo’s professional and academic experience span marine and terrestrial conservation, both in tropical and in temperate environments. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, and of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico). He is also a qualified financial manager.

Sir John Lawton (Chair)

Professor Sir John Lawton is an eminent British ecologist, currently President of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and a Vice President of the RSPB. Throughout his distinguished career, Sir John has held a number of pivotal roles, including Chief Executive of the Natural Environment Research Council for 6 years. He was Chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution from 2005 until its closure in 2011. Sir John has played a major part in promoting UK-wide wildlife conservation, leading the ‘Lawton Review’ of the resilience and adequacy of England’s wildlife sites. The review’s report, Making Space for Nature, was published in 2010. Concluding that England’s ecological network is too small and isolated, the review called for better protection of England’s wildlife and the establishment of new Ecological Restoration Zones. This was widely supported, leading to the establishment in 2011 of Nature Improvement Areas, and the report continues to inform policy today.

Ramaz Gokhelashvili

Ramaz Gokhelashvili is an environmental and natural resources manager, biodiversity conservation specialist and wildlife ecologist with more than 25 years of experience in these fields. He holds an MSc in Wildlife Management from University of Idaho (USA) and a second MSc in Ecology from Tbilisi State University (Georgia) with a focus on environmental management and policy, wildlife ecology and ecosystems ecology. Ramaz has initiated and managed numerous nature conservation projects and programs, assessments and studies in the countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia regions, as consultant to international organisations and agencies including IUCN, UNDP, the European Commission, USAID, KfW, and the Asian Development Bank. From 2003-2007 he was Director of the Georgian Centre for the Conservation of Wildlife, and from 2007-2011 he was Director of the IUCN Programme Office for the Southern Caucasus. His current position is Team Leader at GFA Consulting Group for the KfW funded “Support Programme for Protected Areas – Georgia”.

Tundi Spring Agardy

Tundi Agardy is an internationally renowned expert in marine conservation, with extensive field and policy experience in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, North America and the Pacific. She specializes in ecosystem services assessment, coastal planning, marine protected areas, fisheries management, and ocean zoning, and has published widely in these fields, including recent books on Marine Protected Areas as well as Ocean Zoning, and she co-edited the Routledge Handbook on Ocean Management. She is currently Director of the MARES Program at Forest Trends, and Executive Director of Sound Seas, which she founded in 2001. She is Contributing Editor of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) and the World Ocean Observer (W2O). Her current work in Europe is concentrated on the Ecosystem Approach and MSP in the Mediterranean, and through GIZ Blue Planning in Practice training, worldwide. Tundi previously served as Senior Scientist for WWF and began Conservation International’s Global Marine Program, which she oversaw as Senior Director. She led the coastal portion of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. She received her Ph.D. in biological sciences and Masters in Marine Affairs from University of Rhode Island, was postdoctoral fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and completed her BA at Wellesley and Dartmouth Colleges.

Programme Management

The Endangered Landscapes Programme is managed by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.

Mike Rands (CCI Executive Director, administrator for the Oversight and Selection Panel)

Mike Rands is the Executive Director of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, based in the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. After an early career as a research ecologist studying farmland wildlife populations in the UK, he developed and directed a programme of multidisciplinary conservation projects in over 100 countries for an international conservation organisation (International Council for Bird Preservation – ICBP). In 1996 he was appointed Chief Executive of the global conservation partnership, BirdLife International, before joining CCI as its first Director in 2009. He is broadly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to managing the natural environment. This includes: the interface between science, policy and practice; environmental governance and capacity development; the relationships between business and biodiversity; and developing innovative solutions for the conservation of nature.

David Thomas (Programme Manager)

David Thomas has over 30 years’ experience as a conservationist and project manager both in the field and as manager of a global portfolio of projects. After graduating he worked at University College London and then Edinburgh University, exploring landscape-scale impacts of development in Tunisia (impacts of dams and drainage) and Belize (impacts of coastal tourism development). He worked for IUCN providing technical advice on links between environment and local livelihoods at a floodplain wetland in northern Nigeria, before joining BirdLife International in 1997. As Head of Environment and Sustainable Development, he coordinated the different strands of BirdLife’s environment and sustainable development work and led on cross-cutting issues of conservation and governance, equity, rights, poverty reduction, gender and indigenous peoples. From 2010 he coordinated work focused on empowerment of local, grassroots organisations, and the linkages between biodiversity, livelihoods and well-being. He was seconded to the Cambridge Conservation Initiative to manage the start-up phase of the Endangered Landscapes Programme in 2016.