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.

Partners and Collaborators

  • Green Governance Nepal (GGN)
  • Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), Oxford University
  • Said Business School, Oxford University
  • Eco-systems India (ESI)
  • Proteccion del medio ambiente Tarija (PROMETA)
  • Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture at the University of São Paulo (ESALQ-USP)
  • Fundação de Estudos Agrários Luiz de Queiroz (FEALQ)
  • Instituto para Conservação dos Carnívoros Neotropicais (Pró-Carnívoros)
  • Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)
  • Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN)

Projects I'm involved in

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