- Vice President, Integra, LLC
John Waugh leads processes to analyze and replicate factors contributing to ecological and social resilience, and to build capacity worldwide to use this knowledge, drawing upon over forty years of experience in environmental management, planning, and policy. John has a long history of promoting participatory conservation strategies and planning, beginning with a co-management agreement at the Outamba-Kilimi National Park in Sierra Leone in 1986, to resolve a previously intractable conflict over resettlement. He has also worked on sustainable finance mechanisms and has a particular interest in the design of equitable benefit-sharing mechanisms. He is the author of more than 20 books, chapters, or reports on environmental policies or protected areas. Recent work has included participatory mapping for climate adaptation in the Cook Islands, benefit-sharing mechanisms in Liberia, and community co-management of natural resources in the DRC. After completing the Intensive Humanities program at the University of Montana, he worked as a wildland firefighter, US Park Ranger, Peace Corps volunteer, and for 20 years, as a policy analyst and program manager for IUCN, where he managed multilateral relations and twice addressed the UN General Assembly on the environmental consequences of conflict. He worked as Vice-President of a small consulting firm, Integra LLC, and as an independent consultant. He presently divides his time between DAI Global, where he is a senior adviser on biodiversity and development, and the Bonobo Conservation Initiative, where he is helping to develop a major conservation landscape, the Bonobo Peace Forest.