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Ben Swanepoel
Bolikhamxay Landscape Program Coordinator
Ben completed his Nature Conservation Diploma in South Africa in 1987, and has been involved in protected area management for the past 27 years in the South African context. He has a wealth of experience in the fields of wildfire management, catchment management and community conservation projects. He remained in conservation in South Africa through the time of political change in the country, having a strong mentoring and community engagement phylisophy. Ben was one of a two person team instumental for the design and implimentation of one of the leading conservation services programs in South Afrcia, the "Working For Water" program. In 2003, Ben obtained a degree majoring in environmental management and industrial psycology. In 2009 for a two year period, Ben was seconded to WWF Laos as a Protected Area Management specialist, working on the Xe Pian NPA. During that time he was also responsible for the desin and planning of the PA componant of the of the cross boundry Greater Animites (Laos / Vietnam) Biodiversity Carbon Preservation Project started in 2010. Ben has worked with WCS since 2011.

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