Ocean Law and Policy Consultants and Experts

Margi Prideaux

Margi Prideaux, Ph.D.

Senior Ocean Policy Expert

Margi Prideaux is a wildlife policy specialist, with a PhD on the development of international wildlife policy & law. Her ongoing research focus is on international policy relating to international species conservation, regional policy development, and the role of global civil society in ‘track one’ and ‘track two’ international diplomacy.

Over a period of 27 years, she has participated in 20 different international wildlife conservation processes, has worked with a number of conservation organisations and has served as Marine Policy Advisor to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). She has written dozens of non-governmental and intergovernmental reports, policy papers and presentations on international species conservation.

Margi is supporting OceanCare’s aquatic bushmeat project for 2017-2018. In addition she serves as the Policy and Negotiations Director with Wild Migration, is a Research Associate with the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre and a Member of the Joint IUCN SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Taskforce, the IUCN WCPA Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group and the CMS Scientific Council Aquatic Mammals Working Group.

Lindy Weilgart, Ph.D.

Senior Ocean Noise Expert and Policy Consultant

Lindy Weilgart has been specialising in underwater noise pollution and its effects on cetaceans since 1994.  She has studied whales since 1982, primarily sperm whales, and her M.Sc. (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Ph.D. (Dalhousie), and post-doctoral studies (Cornell) were all in the field of whale acoustic communication in the wild.

Lindy spent one year sailing 50,000 km across the Pacific and back in a 13 m sailboat following groups of sperm whales for her post-doctoral research on dialects.  Her then 5 year old son and 10 months old daughter accompanied her. Lindy has served as invited expert on several panels, workshops, and committees concerned with underwater noise impacts (e.g. Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, International Whaling Commission, etc.).

She has met with members of NATO, the European Parliament, the European Commission DG Fisheries, the Convention on Biodiversity, and the United Nations to discuss ocean noise issues, given many lectures on this topic and others, and published numerous peer-reviewed papers.  She is currently an Adjunct in the Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Canada, and was previously employed as Scientific Advisor by the private foundation Okeanos.  She also serves as Scientific Advisor for the International Ocean Noise Coalition, and is a Scientific Expert on the German government’s Antarctic Commission.

Joanna Toole

Maximin Djondo

Aquatic Wild Life Conservation Consultant, Western Africa

Maximin Djondo is Executive Director of Benin Environment and Education Society (BEES NGO). He has for the past fifteen years been implementing projects in the West Africa region to support national and international strategies and policies related to the sustainable use of wetland and coastal resources by maintaining their ecosystem services for local communities. He has a particular expertise in wetland ecosystem management including wetland biodiversity indicator development and assessment methodology, wetland monitoring, wetland ecosystem service valuation, and wetland ecosystem based adaptation actions.

In addition, Maximin is a member of the CMS Aquatic Wild Meat Working Group, the representative in Africa for the World Wetland Network, Coordinator of the Benin wing of Delta Alliance and member of the IUCN Regional Committee for Western and Central Africa. He has acted as an ecological consultant to a range of organisations including environmental consultancies, government agencies, local environmental groups and NGOs.

Maximin’s engagement with OceanCare is to support the organisation’s work on aquatic wild meat in the region, mainly the Abidjan Aquatic Wildlife Partnership aiming at increasing the awareness and action of governments, the private sector and local communities in West and Central Africa, in order to slow and reverse the over-harvesting of aquatic mammals, reptiles and birds for human consumption, trade, fishing bait or other uses.

Lora Reeve

Carlos Bravo Villa

Ocean Policy Expert

Carlos Bravo is a freelance consultant with almost thirty years of experience in planning and development of environmental strategies, strategic communication of campaigns and political advocacy. He has also wide experience in the management of NGOs.

He holds a Master Degree in Biology, major in Zoology, at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain. He has carried out various research projects on mustelid ecology both on own initiative and through collaboration with the Spanish Society for the Conservation and Study of Mammals (SECEM).

Carlos worked at Greenpeace Spain from 1991 to 2012 where he reached the position of Coordinator of the Energy and Climate Change section. In 2013 he founded the environmental consultancy group “Salvia – Energy, Law and Environment”, focused on a socio-environmental dialogue approach. Since then he has been developing work for different entities like WWF Spain, WWF Greece, Greenpeace Spain, The Greens/European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament, Fundación Renovables, Alianza Mar Blava, European Climate Foundation, and OceanCare, among others.

Firmly convinced that marine conservation is essential to effectively tackle the climate emergency, most of Carlos’ efforts in the last decade have been devoted to increasing the protection of the Mediterranean Sea, putting an end to the threat to both economy and environment by hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation activities, and moving towards a more sustainable energy system.

Carlos’ engagement with OceanCare is to support the organisation’s work on promoting measures and legislative changes for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea in relation to underwater noise pollution reduction and the avoidance of the risks arising from the activities performed by the oil and gas industry.