Valerie de Liedekerke
B.A. (Hons), M.Sc.
Conservation Science Projects Manager
My research interests started in conservation biology of endangered species in a wide range of study areas. I have worked within the field of species reintroduction with Pacific salmon at Seattle Aquarium and Black-footed ferrets at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institution, USA.
From there I moved on to project management of multi-national, multi-million Euro EU funded projects working for Global International Conservation NGOs, examples include the Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment (FAME) project and Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) EU Action Plan.
I have worked in Europe, South Asia, South-east Asia, Africa, and North and South America. My role at Chester Zoo involves managing the Living With Tigers Project in Nepal, the Assam Haathi Project in India and the Andean Bear Project in Bolivia. All three projects involve a number of community sustainability initiatives that work to reduce dependency on forest resources, especially fuel-wood in order to reduce human wildlife conflict.
I will concentrate on building Chester Zoo's portfolio of projects focusing primarily on our human wildlife conflict, and livelihoods and sustainable development specialisms.