Victoria Mander (née Price) BSc(Hons) MSc MCIEEM
Based in the UK, I am a wildlife conservation expert, trained in conservation science and project management, I bring over 15 years of experience working in the wildlife conservation sector.
A WORLD OF EXPERIENCE
My work in conservation has taken me all over the World; Cuba, Tajikistan, the Philippines, Madagascar and Zambia, to name but a few. Working in challenging places such as these teaches you quickly, what does, and doesn't work.
Bringing with me expertise from the international conservation sector, I apply best-practice techniques that are field-ready and practical.
I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. I've seen that intelligent planning and strong project management really does transform project outcomes and I aim to help more people achieve and bigger and better things in the places that they love.
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EXPERT IN PROJECT DESIGN
As a qualified project manager, I have led multiple programmes focused on delivering, species, habitat and social outcomes.
Originally working at a national nature reserve in the UK, my particular interest is applying best-practice management in a pragmatic way, finding workable solutions for people on the ground, wherever that may be.
WORKING WITH COMMUNITIES
Projects I have been involved in typically focus on community-centred approaches, with an emphasis on integrating social science. For example, my past research involved working with local communities to understand how fruit farming small-holders perceived the damage caused by wildlife, and what implications this had for the conservation of threatened species as well as management of tree crops.
INCREASE YOUR FUNDING
I know what donors look for; I have over four years experience as a grant manager for a number of conservation funding mechanisms; including the Flagship Species Fund (an initiative supported by Defra) and, the Rapid Response Facility (an emergency fund for UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites). In addition, I have reviewed grant proposals for multiple international foundations and government bodies, and continue to do so.
EXAMPLES OF SUCCESS
Project monitoring is an essential element of any project and is the key to winning and sustaining donor investment. As a co-author of a manual on biodiversity monitoring (aimed at small to medium-sized conservation projects), my approach to project monitoring is pragmatic and simple.
I help teams to demonstrate success whilst maximising affordability and minimising time spent on non-essential data-collection. I work with teams to identify simple and powerful ways to demonstrate project impact, which are always relevant to the size of the project.
I have a special interest in European rewilding, island systems and the illicit plant trade.
To find out more about specific projects I've been involved in recently visit my blog, download my CV or contact me to see how I can help you with your projects.
SELECTED RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONS>
Below are a selection of relevant publications which I recommend, and which I have contributed to, co-authored or reviewed.