IUCN Congress Hawaii

1-10 September 2016

About A Rocha

Our first initiative was a field study centre in Portugal, so our name is Portuguese and means ‘The Rock’. We are a Christian organization, engaging communities in nature conservation and working in cooperation with other organizations and individuals who share our commitment to a sustainable world. We are cross-cultural, drawing on the insights and skills of people from the 20 countries where we work:


Our eight field study and environmental interpretation centres are in Portugal, France, Czech Republic, Kenya, India and Canada.

Jobs, internships and volunteering opportunities. 

An A Rocha intern (right) helping to ring and tag breeding Rollers Coracias garrulus in France as part of the largest-scale study to date into their migrations to and from Southern Africa. (A Rocha France)

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A Rocha at the IUCN Congress

Meet the team:

Chris Naylor by Mel Ong - circle

Chris Naylor

Chris is A Rocha International’s Executive Director, based in the UK. From 1997 – 2009 he was our Lebanon Director where he cofounded the work, overseeing habitat restoration at the Aammiq marsh, developing environmental education, and field research on a national scale. Prior to joining A Rocha, Chris had wide experience of science teaching and schools’ management, attending Bible College and learning Arabic along the way. His book Postcards from the Middle East: How our family fell in love with the Arab world was published in 2015. Watch ‘A Rocha People: Chris Naylor

Peter and Miranda - circlePeter and Miranda Harris

Co-founders of A Rocha, Peter and Miranda moved to Portugal in 1983 to establish and run A Rocha’s first field study centre and bird observatory. In 1995 the work was given over to national leadership and they moved to France where together with national colleagues they oversaw the establishment of two other centres while travelling to resource the growing movement of Christians active in nature conservation. Since 2010 they have been based in the UK with a particular focus on emerging projects in SE Asia and North America.

Sarah French by Christina Willows - circle

Sarah French

Sarah is A Rocha International’s Director of Operations and is based in Geneva, Switzerland. She is also an active member of two IUCN Commissions: on Education and Communication, and Ecosystem Management. Her professional strengths include strategic thinking, programme development, project management, applied research, evaluation and oversight with experience across trade, education, ecotourism, forestry and agricultural sectors.

Seth-circleSeth Appiah-Kubi

Seth Appiah-Kubi is A Rocha Ghana’s National Director. Though Seth’s background is in finance (he is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK and holds an MBA in International Business) he has a strong passion for conservation. For the past ten years he has played a key part in formulating the conservation models used by A Rocha Ghana, involving community-based conservation, research and environmental education. He has served on both national and international conservation committees, platforms and forums.

Daryl BosuDaryl Bosu

Daryl is Deputy National Director of A Rocha Ghana and worked in the Northern Region for ten years, based at the Damongo office, where he contributed to the development of the first community Natural Resource Management (NRM) programme around Mole National Park. He has wide experience of all Ghana’s ecological zones, stakeholder engagement and community mobilization focused on NRM governance and Tourism Development. His work has earned A Rocha Ghana and himself several national and international awards. He is now based in Accra where he provides support to the programmes and projects throughout the country.

Bob Sluka by Matt Brandon - circleDr Robert Sluka

Bob has been working in the field of marine conservation for twenty years. His focus has been on marine protected areas and the ecology of coral reef fish, as well as coral reef fisheries. After beginning with graduate work in Florida and the Caribbean, Bob spent ten years in South Asia, primarily India and the Maldive Islands. He was introduced to A Rocha on moving to the UK in 2006, and began volunteering with juniper restoration in the Chiltern Hills and marine research in Wales. In 2010 he helped to start marine conservation work at Mwamba, A Rocha Kenya’s Field Study Centre. He is based near Oxford, UK.

A Rocha Events:

2 September, 14.30-15.00 – Species Conservation Pavilion

Pavilion Event: Biodiversity in Watamu Marine National Park: new study reveals important species diversity previously overlooked.

3 September, 14.00-14.30 – Screen 11

Poster – Science and Theology: Drivers of A Rocha’s global Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme

5 September, 13.00-13.30 – Screen 19

Poster – The value of Forests for women in Cameroon and Ghana for REDD+.

5 September, 14.30-16.30 – 310

High level session – Connections: Spirituality and Conservation

The culminating event of the Spirituality and Conservation Journey at the Congress: a high level dialogue amongst some of the world’s most eminent religious leaders, including Peter Harris, Co-founder and President of A Rocha.

Watch Peter as he speaks for 15 minutes in the video below:

5 September, 14.30-16.30 – 311-3

Knowledge Café – Next steps in engaging religious communities in conservation

5 September, 14.30-15.30 – Forests Pavilion

Pavilion Event – Harnessing local governance structures for Collaborative Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Livelihoods; A case of Community Resource Management Areas (CREMAs)

6 September

An informal gathering in Honolulu for those who would like to get to know us better.

About IUCN

IUCN WCC logoThe International Union for Conservation of Nature is a membership union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organizations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organizations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together. Created in 1948, IUCN has evolved into the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its 1,300 Member organisations and the input of some 16,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it, organized into six commissions dedicated to species survival, environmental law, protected areas, social and economic policy, ecosystem management, and education and communication.

The Congress is held every four years to decide the global conservation agenda.

A Rocha has been a member of IUCN since 2002. Attending the congresses provides us with the opportunity to listen and learn, present our work, explore opportunities for partnerships and engage with Christians in other conservation agencies.

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