Julian Caldecott has spent more than 20 years promoting biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability around the world. Major themes in his work include integrating development and conservation, promoting sustainable and equitable use of biodiversity and ecosystems, and exploring ways to finance conservation sustainably. In recent months, he has assessed a five-year EC project on coastal ecosystem conservation in Thailand, and has been writing and editing books for UNEP.
Julian Caldecott graduated from Southampton University in Biology with 1st Class Honours and completed his Ph.D. on rainforest ecology and primatology at Cambridge University. He then studied wildlife management and biodiversity conservation before becoming involved in sustainable development consultancy. Julian Caldecott has since led major formative (‘where do we go from here’), summative (‘what have we learned’) and synthesis (‘what did it all mean’) evaluations, for the EC, UK, Norway, Finland and Switzerland, focusing on actions concerned with climate change, biodiversity, ecosystem management, and related issues of sustainability and institutional and community development.
Julian Caldecott has led strategic programme reviews and project identification and formulation missions for the EC, Finland and Norway, and advised private corporations on carbon conservation and biodiversity investment opportunities, and on environmental change and investment risks. He has significant public policy and programming experience in environmental early warning and risk reduction, and in aspects of climate change adaptation and mitigation that include sustainable rural development and community resilience, restoration and management of ecosystems to preserve environmental goods and services, and carbon conservation strategies.
In 2003, Julian Caldecott led a division at the United Nations Environment Programme′s World Conservation Monitoring Centre, responsible for global assessment of ecosystem status and threats, and the valuation of ecosystem services. In 2005, he joined the UNEP Asian Tsunami Disaster Task Force to help assess the impacts of the Great Tsunami in Sri Lanka, and to improve environmental security by restoring various coastal ecosystems.
In 2006, Caldecott was Senior Technical Adviser at the UNEP with special responsibility for environmental restoration in the Indian Ocean region. He has taught seminars and examined graduate dissertations at several universities including Cambridge, Hawaii, Kiel, Dalhousie, Australian National and Sydney.
Julian Caldecott ‘s work has been carried out in 19 countries in South-east, South-west, South and East Asia, Central and South America, and East and West Africa He has given keynote speeches on environmental sustainability at international public and private sector conferences, and as a prolific writer and experienced editor.
Julian Caldecott has written studies for UNEP on disaster risk reduction and environmental policies, laws and treaties, while also publishing his own books through the Cambridge and California university presses, and the World Bank and other institutions, on subjects ranging from water, biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, to good governance, poverty and development cooperation.