Christy’s expertise lies in the conservation and development field, and she is particularly interested in facilitating inter-sectoral adaptation solutions in complex systems. Her experience in South Africa has been around community involvement in natural resource use, conservation, fundraising, multi-partner project management, environmental policy review and advocacy, environmental management and restoration. Christy has sectoral knowledge in freshwater systems, terrestrial ecology (particularly arid lands), research, monitoring and evaluation, climate change adaptation, environmental and co-operative governance, marine conservation, and biodiversity stewardship.
Christy has worked in various projects involving water use, sustainable development and conservation. She worked as part of NBL Partners with Green Connection to propose alternative ways for development in the Tankwa Karoo, has been involved in water verification processes, worked as an EIA specialist, worked with climate change adaptation interventions in the Succulent Karoo communities, worked with partners on policy review analyses, won several awards as a conservation Programme Manager and undertaken floral and fauna research in Bushmanland, the Succulent Karoo and Nama-Karoo. She has managed several landscape projects, led award-winning public-private partnership projects for project impact and is researching innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable, value-based landscape management practices.
Christy has published across the scientific, professional and popular literature, served as a reviewer for journals and has served on several Reference Groups.
PhD (in final revision)
MSc (Conservation Biology, University of Cape Town)
BSc Honours (Zoology, University of Natal)
BSc (Zoology, University of Cape Town)
Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat) in Zoology and Ecological Science – The South African Council for Natural Scientific
Member – Arid Zone Ecology Forum (she served as Chair and Treasurer at various times), Adaptation Network, Succulent Karoo Ecosystem Programme, Western Cape Wetlands Forum, Western Cape Freshwater Forum
Multi-partner programme leadership, policy and governance, biodiversity conservation, monitoring and evaluation, climate change adaptation, environmental flow implementation, capacity development, integrating conservation and development, riparian degradation and restoration, fundraising.
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