Michel Pimbert

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Dr. Michel Pimbert "is currently Director of the Sustainable Agriculture, Biodiversity and Livelihoods Program at the UK based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). After doing his first degree in Ecology at the University of Liverpool, Michel obtained his Doctorate of Sciences at the University Francois Rabelais of Tours (France).

"Dr Pimbert began his career as an agro-ecologist doing research and training on ecological pest management in small farming systems. After first holding a lecturers’ position at the University Francois Rabelais de Tours, he worked as Principal Staff at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India. Michel then moved into policy research when he became head of the Biodiversity Program of the International Secretariat of the World Wide Fund for Nature in 1992. Michel was a member of the College of Directors of WWF Switzerland before joining IIIED in 1999.

"Over the last 20 years Dr. Pimbert has authored and edited several books, journal articles, technical and policy papers on sustainable agriculture, the political ecology of biodiversity and natural resource management, participatory action research, and deliberative democratic processes. His latest co-edited books include Social Change and Conservation (Earthscan), The Life Industry (Intermediate Technology Publications), and Sharing Power. Learning by doing in the co-management of natural resources throughout the World (IUCN and IIED)." [1]

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  1. Michel Pimbert, Global Diversity Foundation, accessed April 21, 2009.
  2. UK Food Group Management Group, organizational web page, accessed April 2, 2013.