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Eric Arnhem
Nouabale-Ndoki National Park Director
Eric arrived in WCS Gabon's team in 2014 where he currently manages activities across the Terrestrial Landscsape Conservation Program. With a background in biology, Eric was awarded a Ph.D. thesis on the impact of logging on large mammals in Central Africa. Eager to put theory into practice, since 2007 he worked on wildlife management issues in logging concessions. Within the program, he applies the saying « we protect only what we love and we love only what we know » by working on the three strategic themes of WCS Gabon that are: 1 Scientific Research, 2 Law Enforcement Monitoring and 3 Environmental Education and Capacity Building.
Olly Griffin
Forest Carbon Technical Advisor
Olly has an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London, and has experience working in conservation projects in Madagascar, central Africa, and south-east Asia. In his current role he manages WCS Cambodia's REDD+ portfolio: supporting landscape teams in the design of project interventions to ensure alignment with the project’s theory of change; engaging in the national REDD+ policy process; developing the necessary project documentation to ensure project registration and/or verification of credits from both the Northern Plains and KSWS REDD projects according to the requirements of the VCS and CCB Standards; monitoring and reporting on project progress; and liaising with outside marketing partners for the sale of project credits.
Olivia Scholtz
Technical Assistant : Forest landscape
Olivia has a diverse conservation background covering tropical ecology, practical conservation, and inventorying and monitoring in Africa, South America and Australia, spanning 15 years. She has a Masters in Biodiversity and Taxonomy from the Imperial College, and a PhD with the Natural History Museum, London and University of Plymouth, both focusing on termite ecology and evolution. She first came to Gabon in 2008 to carry out field work for her doctorate, based at the Langoue field site in Ivindo National Park. So overwhelmed by the Gabon's forests, she ended up staying, working initially as the Langoue site manager with WCS. Since then she has been coordinating a number of WCS' wildlife monitoring programmes on the forest landscape, and is also involved in projects to identify High Conservation Value Forests.
Quevain Makaya Pambou
Technical Assistant : Mammal monitoring
Quevain MAKAYA PAMBOU is a Gabonese conservationist who has been working with WCS since 2005. A journalist by profession, Quevain worked at radio ALS (African Language Station) in South Africa and at RPN (Radio Pointe-Noire, Congo) as a trainee, after graduating in Journalism at Witwatersrand University South Africa. He also worked as English and French teacher at the MOHOTHES private school, Gamba, Gabon. Quevain also assisted the famous South African explorer Kingsley HOLGATE in his “AFRICA Outside Edge Expedition” in Gabon as principle translator, and worked as an educational assistant for the awareness of Malaria. Quevain has now been with WCS for seven years work, mostly at Mayumba National Park, during which time he was promoted from Night Guard, to Eco Guard, to Eco Guard Team Leader, and eventually to Site Manager. He was trained in mammal monitoring by Fiona Maisels, and carried out annual monitoring at Mayumba.

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