Russell Taylor

My name is Russell Taylor and I have completed a PhD on Development Studies at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since beginning university I have primarily studied the biological sciences and ecology specifically. My Master of Science research focused on identifying the factors that influence community structure and food webs. After completing this degree I taught a number of university undergraduate environmental sciences papers and supervised first and second year laboratory courses in ecology, evolution, form and function and invertebrate physiology. In 2005 I participated in sailing trip in the Kingdom of Tonga where I saw issues that I felt a need to participate in. As a result of what I found in Tonga I founded  EcoCARE Pacific Trust (a New Zealand registered charitable trust) that participates in aid and development programmes for under-developed nations. EcoCAREs programmes target health, education and environmental issues and we utilize Information Communications Technologies and expertise to build capacity in communities and nations. I apply basic ecological principles to development which suggest that organisms exist in their environment if they are able to identify and sustainably utilize their available resources.

Over time I have generated my own development philosophy and in 2010 I began doctoral research on development policy and funding. My development philosophy is called Enpovigo, a word borrowed from Esperanto which translates as meaning empowerment. I have been responsible for projects as diverse as: establishing a national high school science competition in 2007 in Tonga that runs each year since its inception, funded research into invasive mosquitoes and mosquito borne disease, established solar photo-voltaic power generation systems into schools and hospitals, utilization of high data transfer, low frequency, line of site wireless communications systems for audio/video communications into schools and hospitals, establishing scholarship programmes for students to study environmental sciences and renewable energies at university and so on.
My involvement with LT&C results from the synergy that I see between my focus on environmental issues and development and LT&Cs policy of linking tourism with conservation. LT&C suggests that well managed and maintained tourism can effectively participate in conservation and the establishments of parks, reserves and marine protected areas can only be a good thing for the environment and for those associated with them.
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Presenting the Poor Nights Island LT&C-Example at Raet national park workshop in Arendal (April 29, 2016)


Category Individual
Type Conservation professional
Membership type Royal Penguin
Contact person Russell Taylor
Email address
Skype russell.taylor4
Address 106 Whites Road
New Zealand

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