Derek Berliner
Derek Berliner Lead Consultant: Alien Invasive Plant Expert, Specialist Forest Ecologist for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Last update: 9 days ago
Derek Berliner Lead Consultant: Alien Invasive Plant Expert, Specialist Forest Ecologist for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Last update: 9 days ago
South Africa, UK
Afrikaans, English
Highest Degree:
33 years
Rural Development, Environment & NRM, Monitoring & Evaluation, Land & Erosion & Soil
7 cormorant circle, Imhofs' Gift, Kommetjie, Cape Town South Africa
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Short profile: Biodiversity and resource management specialist

I have more than thirty years of professional consulting experience across a wider range of related projects that include biodiversity and natural resource assesment, evaluation and managment. As a natural systems and integrative thinker, I am proficent in understading the complexity of human-natural resource coupled systems, including trade-offs, synergies and leverage points for recommending efficient and effective interventions at local, national, and regional levels.

I have extensive national and international experience working on many high-profile projects in the field of natural resource management, conservation planning, biodiversity impact assessment, biodiversity management planning, as well as capacity development in natural resource management.   

International clients include UNDP, European Union, Department for International Development - GOV.UK; World Bank, World Bank-International Finance Corporation, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), Conservation International, Global Environmental Fund (GEF). 

National clients include: South African Council for Industrial Research (CSIR), South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; South African National Biodiversity Institute, South African Department of Environmental Affairs, and the Eastern Cape Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency

key skills and capacity include:

  • Academic background in livestock science, rangeland management, wildlife management, protected area planning and forest ecology and management, this provides a deep understanding and ability to integrate across a wide range of natural resource management issues 
  • An excellent system thinker, able to understand and integrate complex human-natural resource coupled systems and recommending efficient and effective interventions, such as threat analysis and mitigation , protected area planning
  • Good experience in dealing with climate change mitigation and adaptation projects, particularly within the sustainable forest management sector, and with REDD+ .
  • Recent experience in the assessment of ecosystems services: mapping, threat assessment, economic valuation, trade-off assessment.  
  • Broad experience in protected area planning, forest conservation planning, and developing wildlife conservation management plans .
  • Plenty of expertise in training, capacity development,and drawing up of course work/curriculum. 
  • Monitoring and evaluation, project review, indicator development, State of Environment reporting .
  • Social and environmental safeguards screening .
  • Hands on expertise in in ethnobotanical research and field work into non-timber forest products, as well as desktop analyses of nutritional, medicinal, and economic values of wild used plants .



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