Dr Brian James Furze has joined IUCN as Project Director, Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative. His main responsibility is to implement and strengthen the Ecosystems for Life project.
Dr Furze comes with many years of experience both in the field as a practitioner (predominantly in South Asia) and as an academic (mostly in the Australian University system). His main focus has been on the socio-economic and political dimensions to natural resource management and use, from local to national and trans-national levels.
Over the years, he has worked in projects focused on river-basin management, adaptation and resilience to climate change, forestry, protected area management, ecotourism as an integrated conservation/development/livelihood security strategy, pastoralism and landscape/biodiversity conservation.
Welcoming Dr Brian, Mr Ganesh Pangare, Head, Ecosystems and Livelihood Groups, IUCN Asia Regional Office, Thailand said, “Brian’s appointment is a further step in strengthening the Ecosystems for Life project. My colleagues and I look forward to working with Brian on issues of trans-boundary water governance in this region,”
Before joining IUCN, Dr Brian worked as a consultant with IUCN in several projects. He holds a PhD in sociology from Monash University, Australia.