Alison is Fauna & Flora International’s Programme Manager for the Americas and Caribbean region. Having begun her conservation career studying social behaviour in primates, she has since gained over 15 years’ experience in wildlife research, biodiversity conservation and protected areas management in Latin America and East Africa. As Programme Manager, she is responsible for supporting the development and management of a portfolio of projects across FFI’s Americas & Caribbean programme, with her main geographic focus being Nicaragua.
Alison provides technical support to field teams and partner organisations on integrated landscape management, climate adaptation planning, ecosystem service valuation, biodiversity monitoring and financial sustainability, as well as species conservation (with a particular focus on marine turtles). She is also responsible for communicating our conservation work to a wide range of audiences.
Turtle eggs were frequently illegally sold at local markets when FFI began working in Nicaragua Photo credit: Juan Pablo Moreiras/FFI
FFI staff meeting with local community protection and monitoring teams Photo credit: Enrique de la Montana/FFI
A new egg hatchery is constructed at Chacocente every year Photo credit: FFI
Turtle eggs are protected in the hatchery throughout their incubation period Photo credit: Alexander Gaos/ICAPO
Chacocente's expansive beaches are an important site for both leatherback turtles and mass nesting of olive ridleys Photo credit: Nicky Jenner/FFI
Olive ridley turtle laying her eggs on the beaches at Chacocente Photo credit: Enrique de la Montana/FFI
Using electronic tags and scanners to identify individual leatherbacks is part of our monitoring programme Photo credit: Enrique de la Montana/FFI
The logo and slogan of our Awareness Campaign - I Dont Eat Turtle Eggs - reached a wide audience Photo credit: FFI
A young supporter of FFIs campaign to reduce consumption of turtle eggs Photo credit: Jose Urteaga/FFI
Environmental education with local schools continues to be an important component of our work Photo credit: Gena Abarca/FFI
FFI teams also work with local market traders to reduce sale of turtle eggs Photo credit: FFI
Olive ridley turtles mating off Nicaragua's shores Photo credit Fabio Buitrago/FFI
Sadly it is not unusual for turtles such as this hawksbill to drown after becoming caught in fishing nets Photo credit: Alexander Gaos/ICAPO
Satellite tags are now being used to track the movements of hawksbills from Estero Padre Ramos Photo credit: Alexander Gaos/ICAPO