Name: Marc Wilson
Organisation: Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission
Role: Regional Project Manager
I have worked in the Pacific region at executive management levels in the Marine Environment Sector in both the public and private sectors for over 30 years. I started work in the Pacific in Papua New Guinea in the early 70s as a Fisheries Scientist working mostly on Tuna. I continued work as a fisheries scientist in Tasmania and then moved into Fisheries Administration and Management, initially as Chairman of the Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority and then as Director of the Department of Sea Fisheries. I then spent several years in the private sector in CEO roles in aquaculture and Natural Resource Management and Development Consulting. From 1992 I worked as an academic developing both training and education in aquatic resource management, culminating in the establishment of a Graduate School of Marine Resource Management and an MBA in Marine Resource Management. Between 2002 and 2007 I was the Team Leader and Institutional Specialist for an Australian government funded aid project within the Tongan Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Forests and Fisheries. Prior to joining SOPAC in 2009 as Regional Project Manager for the GEF PACIFIC IWRM Project I was a Sectoral Strategic Planning Adviser for the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands. I have a strong interest in integrated approaches to Natural Resource Management and have designed and implemented several community based management arrangements that are highly participatory in design and implementation. I also have strong belief in the need for equal bargaining positions in participatory approaches and have been and continue to be proactively involved in building stakeholder capacity to achieve good integrated and stakeholder owned outcomes.