Public Events

27 Jun 2016

Using Extraordinary Tools for Conservation


This talk recorded on Wed 27 June 2016, 12.30pm at University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre, Level 2, Chulan Tower, Number 3 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur.


Rob Dietz & Brendan Moyle

Rob Dietz grew up immersed in the American culture of consumerism. By the time he finished college, he knew that he’d have trouble following the rules of this culture (buy, buy, buy, work, work, work). His career has taken some unusual turns. As a scientist he worked for the US government to support wildlife and habitat conservation. As an activist, he worked for a small nonprofit organization to advance a sustainable economic agenda. He was the lead author of Enough is Enough: Building a sustainable economy in a world of Finite Resources. He is currently a Project Manager with Farmland LP, a benefit corporation that converts conventional farmland to organic with a goal of managing farms sustainably.

Brendan Moyle is an economist, on a mission to save rare species from extinction. But far from simply creating graphs or crunching numbers, he has travelled the world, tracked smugglers’ routes and had his vehicle shot atbecause he spends his days studying understanding the complex black market of illegal trade of wildlife products. He studied for a Bachelor of Science in biology followed by a Masters in Science, before he went on to complete his PhD in economics. He is currently a lecturer at Massey and travels to China twice a year to analyse the black market and help track down those illegally trading tiger products. He also focusses on the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade, and often challenges the established conservation perception of how to deal with illegal wildlife trade by suggesting proactive and dynamic intervention, rather than strict enforcement only.

Seminar Summary