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Michael Painter

Senior Technical Advisor, Conservation Measures and Communities

Senior Technical Advisor, Conservation Measures and Communities

Wildlife Conservation Society

Dr. Michael Painter has worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society for over 18 years, serving as director of country programs in Bolivia and Peru, the

Senior Technical Advisor, Conservation Measures and Communities

Wildlife Conservation Society

Dr. Michael Painter has worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society for over 18 years, serving as director of country programs in Bolivia and Peru, the Amazon Landscapes Conservation Program, and a cross-cutting program on conservation and the quality of human life. He is currently a Senior Technical Advisor, charged with supporting efforts to build trusting, effective partnerships with local communities, and indigenous and traditional peoples, and developing opportunities to improve collaboration between the conservation and rights communities. Michael has also served as a Program Officer in the Andes Amazon Initiative of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and advised the Department of Wildlife and National Parks of the Government of Botswana on the design and monitoring of community-based conservation and wildlife management programs. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Florida, with specializations in economic and ecological anthropology.