Anna Feistner is a conservation biologist at the Center for Conservation and Sustainability's Gabon Biodiversity Program, based in southwestern Gabon. The Gamba Complex in Gabon is high in biodiversity, including threatened and protected species (forest elephants, great apes, marine turtles) coexisting with oil and forestry concessions, as well as local communities. Feistner works with a local staff team and a range of government, NGO and private sector partners to support conservation, reduce human-wildlife conflict and promote ecological integrity across the landscape.
Feistner's projects include:
- Minimizing the risk of biodiversity exploitation and promoting the integrity of concessions
- Using best practices to mitigate site-specific wildlife risk (especially from forest elephants)
- Avoiding and minimizing habitat loss by changing agricultural practices to reduce deforestation
- Supporting sustainable development goals through education, training, outreach and partnerships
- Promoting the value of the Rabi Forest Monitoring Plot (ForestGEO) and contributing to protecting ecosystem services
- Promoting a shared vision for the development of the Gamba Complex, reflecting conservation and development priorities at the landscape scale