Boards & Advisory Committees
The Wilderness Foundation Africa as an organisation is represented on a number of boards and advisory committees by CEO, Dr Andrew Muir. Andrew has been the CEO of the Wilderness Foundation in Africa since 2000.
Here is a concise breakdown of his roles on various other committees:
On a local level, in Port Elizabeth
- Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School (NMMU): Andrew Muir is on the board of the school as an environmental advisor. The school provides a portfolio of management and leadership development programmes to empower and enhance working individuals, leaders and the human resources of stakeholders in staff and organizational development functions.
- Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber: Andrew Muir is on the board of the NMB Business Chamber as an environmental champion. The Chamber represents over 800 member companies as the voice of business in Nelson Mandela Bay.
- Oliver Foundation: Andrew Muir is the chairman of the Oliver Foundation in South Africa. The Oliver Foundation is committed to creating a meaningful and sustainable impact in under-resourced communities, primarily in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, focusing on empowering disadvantaged and vulnerable people to create personal self-sustainability.
- Citizen of the Year Awards: Andrew Muir has been a judge of the Herald Citizen of the Year awards for the past four years. He is specifically involved in evaluating the tourism and environmental categories of the event. The Herald GM Citizen of the Year identifies and honours the activities of exceptional individuals whose service or performance positively contributes to the quality of life in Nelson Mandela Bay.
- African Conservation Ecology (ACE): Andrew Muir serves on the Advisory Board of the Centre for African Conservation Ecology (ACE). ACE is an association that develops scientific knowledge of the ecology and conservation of African ecosystems, especially in the Eastern Cape and adjacent regions of high biodiversity, which will enable society to make wise environmental management decisions. In achieving its Mission, ACE will build human capacity through postgraduate training.
On a regional level, in the Eastern Cape
- Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency: Andrew Muir is past deputy chairman and a current Board member of the EC Parks and Tourism Agency. He has been involved in the organisation since its inception, and is the longest serving board member. The board acts as a tourism facilitator for the province and oversees 22 local reserves including the environmentally significant Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve, the Great Fish River Nature Reserve and Mkambati Nature Reserve.
On a national level, in South Africa
- Wilderness Foundation: Andrew Muir is a non-executive on the board of the Wilderness Foundation Africa. The Wilderness Foundation is one of few South African Conservation NGOs currently involved with active, sustainable social intervention programmes.
- Wilderness Leadership School: Andrew Muir is a non-executive on the board of the Wilderness Leadership School. The WLS offers learning opportunities through experiential education – by offering varying levels of outdoor experiences in wilderness and natural environments.
- Conservation Alliance (formerly the Climate Action Partnership or CAP): Andrew Muir is a member of CA, an alliance of major NGOs across South Africa focussing on climate change. The alliance has agreed to extend its reach and focus on all major conservation issues across the country. It meets four times a year. The members of the alliance believe that by working together, they can have a bigger and more sustainable environmental impact. The alliance aims to increase cooperation between various environmental NGOs and help eliminate confusion among stakeholders.
- Usiko: Andrew Muir is on the board for Usiko, a Cape Town based organisation focussing on Rights of Passage for youth at risk. It was founded in 1996 by Andrew Muir and Dr Don Pinnock. The organisation aims to influence the youth by taking them through rites of passage programmes, giving them both the confidence and skills to become leaders in their communities.
- Environment and People Magazine – Matthew Norval as conservation director represents WF on the editorial board which meets four times per annum.
On an international level
- Andrew Muir is CEO of Wilderness Foundation Global, the only international conservation organization born in and operating out of Africa; dedicated explicitly to wilderness awareness and protection that integrates spiritual / cultural / experiential values with science & policy; and respects the views of indigenous and community peoples and integrates them with contemporary conservation.
- Gaia Foundation: Andrew Muir is an associate advisor for the Gaia Foundation UK. He has served in this position since 1995.
- Wilderness Foundation UK and Wild Foundation USA: Andrew Muir represents the Wilderness Foundation on the boards of both the Wilderness Foundation UK and Wild Foundation USA. He has attended board meetings annually for the past ten years.
- International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN): Matthew Norval as conservation director represents WF at the regional meeting, four times per annum. The union addresses some of the world’s greatest challenges: tackling climate change, achieving sustainable energy, improving human well-being and building a green economy
- International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF): Andrew Muir represents the Wilderness Foundation as a partner of the ICCF. The ICCF aims to achieve global conservation solutions by uniting corporate leaders, NGOs and policymakers.
- Conservation Council of Nations (CCN): Andrew Muir represents the Wilderness Foundation as a partner of the CCN. The Council aims to bridge the gap between the public and private sectors to promote an effective long-term approach to natural resource management worldwide
- Wilderness Network: Together the Wilderness Foundation, Wilderness Foundation UK, Wilderness Foundation Germany, Wilderness Leadership School and Wild Foundation USA form the Wilderness Network. The Network is represented at the World Wilderness Congress every four years.
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