Alistair Gammell joined Pew in 2009 as director of the Global Ocean Legacy campaign to designate the Chagos as a no-take marine reserve. Located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Chagos is comprised of 55 islands and vast coral reefs. On April 1, 2010, the United Kingdom officially designated the Chagos Marine Protected Area, which today is the largest no-take marine reserve in the world. Working out of the UK, he is responsible for the overall planning and execution of Global Ocean Legacy work in UK Territories, working with other non-governmental organizations and scientists to gain maximum support for marine reserves.
Prior to joining Pew, Gammell served as the international director of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and as a member of the RSPB Management Board, where he developed RSPB’s International Programme; oversaw fundraising; planning major conservation projects in Europe, Africa, Asia and the UK Overseas Territories; and worked as an advocate on conservation legislation to protect sites and species around the world.
For his services to conservation, in 2006 Gammell was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire). In 2007, he was named one of the 50 most influential figures in wildlife conservation in the UK by BBC Wildlife Magazine.
A new report says the British government is failing to adequately protect the globally significant biodiversity of the UK Overseas Territories. For more than a year, Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy project has worked in partnership with the residents of the Pitcairn Islands. More