Nigel Crawhall (South Africa)

Scuba diving in a Marine Protected Areas in the Andaman Sea

Co-Chair TILCEPA

Nigel Crawhall holds a PhD in Sociolinguistics from the University of Cape Town. He is currently the Director of Secretariat for the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC) based in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an occasional consultant to UNESCO's Culture Section, Division for Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue. He is formerly the Cultural Programme Manager of the South African San Institute and the Director of the South African National Language Project. Nigel is cooperating with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation on developing participatory mapping related training materials.


Nigel’s work on Protected Areas has included land claims, participatory mapping, developing advocacy projects on the certification of traditional tracking and various aspects of documenting and supporting intergenerational transmission of intangible heritage, cultural resources and biodiversity knowledge. This has involved working with indigenous peoples and local communities in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Niger, Kenya, Gabon and Tanzania. Nigel is also active in interfaith work related to democratic governance and climate justice issues.