Do trees need people? How to save the rainforests (and how not to)

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Simon Counsell has been involved in the environmental movement for more than 25 years, for most of which he has worked to protect the world's rainforests. After graduating in Environmental Science, he worked with Friends of the Earth for nine years, helping to shape FoE's rainforest campaign, including developing local and national consumer and public awareness campaigns, coordinating the FoE international forest campaign, and helping to establish the Forest Stewardship Council. He was Chair of the Board of Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland from 2006 to February 2012.

He left Friends of the Earth in 1995 and, after gaining a Masters Degree in Tropical Forestry and Land-use at Oxford University, became the Director of the Rainforest Foundation UK, a position he still holds. He has led international efforts to protect the rainforests and their inhabitants, especially in the Congo Basin region of Africa. He has travelled widely in South America and Central Africa, and appears regularly on radio, TV and in the press, where he is a passionate advocate for people-focused conservation. He believes that respect and recognition of human rights are inextricably linked to environmental protection.

Rainforest Foundation UK: http://www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/

Tropical Biology: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/courses/biologyandzoology/bsc-tropical-sciences.aspx

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