Kathy MacKinnon

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Vice Chair Supervisory Council

“Having known and worked with Wetlands International for many years, I welcome the opportunity to strengthen support for wetland conservation and management as a response to climate change.”

Dr. Kathy Mackinnon is Vice Chair (Biodiversity and Climate Change) of the IUCN/World Commission on Protected Areas. Until recently she was employed as the Lead Biodiversity Specialist at the World Bank, where she worked on projects to strengthen biodiversity conservation and natural resource management in Africa, Asia, Central and Latin America, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, including support for protected areas and mainstreaming biodiversity conservation in development programs.

A graduate from Oxford (B.A. Zoology, M.A., D.Phil.), Kathy has over 30 years of experience working on conservation projects globally, including 10 years spent in Indonesia where she engaged in tropical ecology research and protected areas planning and management. She has worked extensively with international and national conservation NGOs, as well as government agencies in developing countries. She is the author of over 100 scientific books and publications, including recent books that promote protected areas as proven and sustainable natural solutions, helping societies to cope with climate change. In addition to working with WCPA she serves on the Board of Botanic Gardens Conservation International. In 2007, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the Society of Conservation Biology.