Guy Williams is an Australian ecologist, primate conservationist and professional sustainability consultant. Primates have always been the driving passion in Guy William’s conservation work. It has just so happened that of late he has exchanged his forest habitat for the urban jungle.
Guy Williams, YoG Regional Ambassador Australia Guy has worked in primate conservation in a range of roles for the past decade, in many regions of the world. His academic research took him to North India, to understand the impact of a changing climate and human-induced pressures on the behaviour and survival of the North Indian langur (Presbytis entellus). Guy’s recent primate conservation efforts have lead him to North India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia, where he developed community models of wildlife education and resource conservation that consider the needs of both human and non-human primates.
Despite continuing to support primate conservation in both research and policy development, Guy’s role with Australia based tda environmental consulting have seen him take the primate conservation challenge to the offices of business and the hallways of government in an attempt to make species conservation and environmental preservation a focus of all sustainability frameworks. His reputation in the global sustainability community and his government networks enable Guy to foster and encourage gorilla education throughout a diversity of local and regional communities.
It is his pioneering work in the development of the integrated community, conservation and carbon project concept, currently being applied in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea that offers the greatest opportunity for gorilla conservation. The Triple C development framework enables businesses to invest sustainably in forest conservation, while ensuring local community governance is strengthened, livelihoods are maintained and the tropical forests and the primates that call these forests home is preserved.
Guy said: “There is significant potential in educating communities and businesses about how their purchasing and spending decisions can be both sustainable, satisfying and also contribute directly to the survival of the world’s tropical forests and the amazing diversity of plants and animals that occupy them.”
Guy will serve as Regional Ambassador Australia for the Year of the Gorilla, working closely with the YoG partners as well as a group of conservation organizations, businesses, zoological and educational institutions and regional heads of government to develop a regional program to support gorilla conservation.
The Australian Year of the Gorilla program will seek to raise funds for selected projects, thereby helping on-the-ground gorilla conservation and the development of affected human populations where help is needed most and resources can be used most efficiently. The Australian program will lobby businesses, government and the wider community to commit to ensuring the conservation and preservation of these amazing great apes.