WCS Congo


Mark Gately
Country Director, Congo (Republic of)
Mark has 15 years of experience in conservation management in Central Africa and South-East Asia. Having first arrived in Congo in 1999 to work for the Nouabale-Ndoki Project, he became NNNP Director in 2002. His tenure saw a significant expansion in ecotourism infrastructure and visitor numbers, the successful implementation of wildlife law enforcement activities, and the emergence of a number of young Congolese researchers. In 2007, Mark moved to Phnom Penh to become the Country Director for WCS's Cambodia Program, where he oversaw the development of a number of innovative financing mechanisms such as REDD+ and the expansion of community-based ecotourism. After two years as Director of WCS's Gabon Country Program, including the development of proposals to expand the country's network of marine protected areas, Mark has now returned to Congo to head the WCS Country Program.
Timothy Rayden
Technical Advisor, Forestry and Climate Change
Tim is a graduate of the Oxford Forestry Institute with more than 7 years international experience in forestry. He has worked for ProForest Ltd (an international consultancy that assists companies improve standards of forest management) and before that, community forestry projects in Thailand, and a plantation forestry company in South America. He also spent a year studying the behavioural ecology of western lowland gorillas at the Mondika site in northern Congo. He is an expert in certification standards for forest management and the timber trade and has an in-depth understanding of forest governance and legality issues. He has specialised applying conservation principles within commercial forestry. He has written guidance material for FSC and WWF, and developed and delivered training on this subject for forestry companies in Indonesia, Malaysia, Ghana, Cameroon and Gabon, among other countries. Tim speaks English and French.
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