James Parker

Principal Project Manager
Proforest Ghana

James has about 25 years of experience working in natural resources management in Africa and the Caribbean. His work has primarily covered developmental issues related to forestry, wetlands, land use, natural resources conflict management, eco and bio tourism development and forest-dependent livelihoods. His experiences range from working with regulators, owners and users of natural resources to sustainably manage them through projects and programmes interventions. James’ experience also covers research-policy interface, developing and facilitating multi-stakeholder processes, capacity building, project formulation and management and organizational development.

Prior to joining Proforest, he worked with Tropenbos International for 10 years as the National Project Coordinator for a EU Sponsored Project on developing alternatives for illegal logging and inclusion of domestic market issues into the FLEGT-VPA processes in Ghana, Liberia and Cameroon. He previously worked with Ghana Wildlife Society as a project coordinator, the University of Science and Technology as a part-time lecturer and Wetlands International as capacity building consultant in East Africa.

James holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences and a first degree in Natural Resources Management.