Michael John Murphree
Michael Murphree has 16 years of experience in the field of
community-based natural resource management. Born in Zimbabwe
and educated in Zimbabwe and the USA, he was employed by the
Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management (Zimbabwe)
in 1987 as an ecologist to work on the CAMPFIRE programme. He
left the Department in 1994 to take up a position in Mozambique
as Wildlife Policy Advisor through IUCN (Regional Office Southern
Africa) where he was involved in the development of Mozambique’s
first community wildlife management project, Tchuma Tchato.
In 1996 he became the Executive Officer of the Southern Africa Sustainable Use
Specialist Group (of IUCN) – a position held until May 2002. Mr. Murphree
has worked with and on community-based natural resource management projects in
southern and west Africa. In 1999, he was invited by the Ghana Wildlife Division
to assist in developing Ghana’s first community wildlife management programme
through the establishment of Community Resource Management Areas (CREMAs) and
continues to provide periodic inputs into this programme.
As an independent consultant based at the Institute of Natural Resources in Natal,
South Africa, he has been closely involved in collating, analysing and disseminating
information on community-based wildlife management systems and developing new
mechanisms and approaches for project implementation. Mr. Murphree is working
on policy and legislative reform issues and is currently involved in developing
new approaches to communicate environmental and developmental issues through
theatre and exchange visit programmes.