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Next Society Event: 11th Aug 2021 - Lecture - ONLINE - Drought, Trees and Sustainable Livelihoods - Gill Shepherd

Online event starting at 19:00 BST - Public lecture (all welcome to join).

Note - Register for the event on Eventbrite and you'll be emailed a Zoom link shortly before the event.

Gill Shepherd has had a long-standing relationship with north east Africa. She taught as a VSO in the Sudan in the 1960s and after a PhD on coastal Kenya in the 1970s, she worked for OXFAM back in Khartoum in 1982/3, opening a new field-office and putting together a work programme which addressed issues being overlooked by other donors. This led to OXFAM support for the protection of tropical dry forests for camel and cattle herders among other things.

When the 1984/85 drought hit Ethiopia and the Sahel, and Bob Geldof raised over £20 million to help to feed people and to mitigate the effects of the drought, OXFAM recommended her to him as one of eight people to help him to spend the money wisely. She went on to have a career in the management of tropical forests, and the planting of trees for local people's benefit. She is now a visiting professor at the London School of Economics.

More recently, the need for climate change mitigation has lent even more urgency to this. In the last year or two she has been involved in evaluating Ethiopia's success in committing to reforestation and Green Growth. The process is making a dramatic difference to the country.

Note - The event was originally scheduled to take place in May 2020 but had to be rescheduled because the COVID-19 restrictions made it impossible for Gill Shepherd to travel to Ethiopia to complete her work.

Please reserve your place soon to avoid disappointment.

Eventbrite Tickets - Drought, Trees and Sustainable Livelihoods by Gill Shepherd