Redonda

Plotting a Future for the Wildlife of Redonda Island

September 25, 2018

By Mike Appleton, GWC’s manager of protected area management It’s not often in conservation that we get to see the immediate results of our efforts. It usually takes years, if not generations, to begin to see signs that species and habitats are recovering because of our actions. This is partly what made my recent trip Read more

Last refuge of the Javan Rhinos

March 29, 2018

In 1883, the volcano Krakatau erupted off the coast of Java in Indonesia in an explosion heard more than 3,000 miles away. Tsunamis devastated nearby coastal areas and communities, and the peninsula of Ujung Kulon was reduced to a swampy, malaria-ridden, uninhabitable wilderness. Who would have thought that such devastation could actually save a species? Read more

GWC Staff: 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

December 22, 2017

At the end of 2017, GWC staff are looking ahead at their goals for the new year, including their professional goals in the field of conservation, and their personal goals for ensuring they are helping protect the planet around the clock. Mike Appleton, Director of Protected Area Management My goal is to keep helping, supporting Read more

Photo story: Creating a protected area plan for Indio Maíz

November 16, 2017

Over the past month members of the GWC team have been working with local people on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua to create a community-driven, protected area management plan for Indio Maíz Biological Reserve. The reserve forms part of one of the five biggest forests remaining in Central America and is home to Baird’s Tapir, Read more

From Words to Visuals: Re-thinking the Protected Area Management Plan

October 18, 2017

Protected area plans are often long, complex documents that may just end up sitting on the shelves and unused. Over the coming weeks, GWC aims to take a novel approach to the standard protected area plan by developing a plan that is entirely visual, transcending language barriers and accessible to anyone who stands to gain Read more

Rainforest regeneration: New hope for Indio Maíz

July 26, 2017

Two hours up the fast-flowing Indian river, our boats were forced to stop in the driving rain by a fallen tree blocking the channel. Debris from Hurricane Otto back in November 2016 was rapidly piling up behind it and I thought our journey into Nicaragua’s Indio Maíz Biological Reserve was over. Quickly though, my traveling Read more

Q&A With GWC’s New Director of Protected Area Management

January 30, 2017

This month we welcomed Mike Appleton to the GWC team as GWC’s director of protected area management. Mike focuses on applied, area-based conservation, building on scientific findings to achieve conservation results on the ground. This includes helping governments identify and establish protected areas, creating legal frameworks and systems of governance, developing management strategies and plans, Read more