SANBI Head Steps Down
8 January 2007
Brian Huntley officially stepped down as chief executive of the SA National Biodiversity Institute at the end of December. He takes on a new role as a senior policy adviser to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism until his formal retirement in early 2009.
Despite his many executive duties, Huntley has remained a biodiversity expert, with experience going back decades.
New RoleA key aspect of his new policy advisory work will be to help translate South Africa's excellent environmental legislation into effective on-the-ground reality.
"We've got a whole lot of legislative instruments, not only in terms of the biodiversity act but many other positive conservation-oriented pieces of legislation," he notes.
"Compared to any other country, we're in a unique position of having a really good package of legislation and institutions to achieve biodiversity goals.
"But it's not 100% cost-effective, perhaps, in terms of resource allocation and resource use. What they want me to do is to look across the board and make recommendations on how we can improve even more what we've got.
"So my new work will cover things like investment in research, implementation, carrying through legislation and generally gearing up our systems so that we can get to an even better use of resources - especially human resources and stimulating the development of a new generation of biodiversity professionals."
"Otherwise, I just want to have a bit of time to do reading, research and writing," he says.
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