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International Environmental Heroes - Genevieve Campbell

Author: Alex     Publish Time: 2023-02-20      Origin: Alex

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Genevieve Campbell is a conservationist. She studied biology at the University of Quebec, Rimouski, Canada for her undergraduate degree, primates at the University of Calgary, Canada for her master's degree, and received her PhD in biology at the Max Planck Institute, Germany.


Dr. Genevieve Campbell is a trained primatologist with an extensive knowledge of African biodiversity and conservation issues. She is supporting the IUCN Species Survival Commission (IUCN/SSC) Primate Specialist Group's component on gorillas and its ARRC Working Group activities.

Genevieve began her career searching for and studying a little-known species of red-bellied monkey (Cercopithecus erytogaster erytogaster) in Benin.


She then published her PhD thesis on the conservation of western chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus), which included a national survey of chimpanzees in Ivory Coast. The results of this survey showed that the chimpanzee population in Ivory Coast has declined by 90% in the last 20 years, mainly due to the conversion of chimpanzee habitat to cocoa plantations.

This inspired her desire to work to promote better cooperation between natural resource conservationists and the private sector, so Genevieve has been working with industrial development companies in 15 countries for the past 10 years to try to improve their mitigation of biodiversity impacts, with a special focus on primates. This has resulted in companies avoiding important primate habitats and initiating better collaboration between the private sector and primate conservation initiatives.

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