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Leading conservationist joins RSPB Scotland as Chairman

Last modified: 11 October 2013


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A leading conservationist has joined RSPB Scotland as Chairman of its Committee for Scotland and will play a key role in determining the future direction of the nature conservation charity.

Professor Colin A Galbraith, who comes originally from Argyll but is now based in Edinburgh, brings years of experience on environmental issues, both in Scotland and internationally, to the role. 

He is currently the Director of his own environmental consultancy and has previously served as the Director of Policy and Advice at Scottish Natural Heritage where he advised on a wide range of species management issues including the development of the Langholm agreement and on the development of the scientific rationale for a variety of site classifications.

Professor Galbraith has also been involved with the United Nations and has made contributions to the Convention on Migratory Species and to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. This work area involves him chairing and leading high profile nature conservation issues at the global level, such as developing new international agreements to assist the conservation of birds of prey and developing an Action Plan to assist the conservation of albatrosses in the southern oceans.

He has also been involved in reviewing the impact of climate change on the ecology of threatened species for the Convention, and has previously been the Chairman and the Vice Chairman of the Convention’s Scientific Council.

 Speaking following his appointment, Professor Galbraith, said: “I am delighted to become the Chairman of the RSPB Scotland Advisory Committee. There are many challenges facing Scotland’s countryside, both on land and in the marine environment, and I look forward to working with people across the country to help maintain our wonderful wildlife in these areas. In particular, I would highlight the need to work alongside land managers to ensure that we are managing land as sympathetically as possible, and the need to look after our magnificent seas; their future depends on our action now.

Stuart Housden, Director of RSPB Scotland, said: “It will be a great pleasure to have Colin’s experience and knowledge play a leading role in the future development of the RSPB at a UK and international level. Within Scotland his wise counsel will help our staff do even more to save nature and birds, which is the core of our charitable purpose. I am looking forward to working closely with Colin for the next five years.”


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