Kelvin Alie gives us an overview of the current programme status.
Kelvin Alie, born and raised on the island of Dominica, has worked for the protection of whales, sea turtles and other threatened wildlife species in the Caribbean prior to taking on the leadership of IFAW’s fight to protect wildlife from the ravages of commercial exploitation and international trade.
A conservation professional for over 15 years, Kelvin has been leading the global expansion of IFAW’s Prevention of Wildlife Trafficking project, which has provided more than 40 trainings in 15 countries. More than 1,200 customs officers, police, veterinarians and other key personnel have been trained, many of whom are responsible for seizures of wildlife bound for the illegal trade.
Kelvin’s Caribbean work has led to collaborative efforts between island nations to reduce wildlife smuggling. He works in close cooperation with INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Program, overseeing a joint partnership initiative involving wildlife law enforcement trainings and operations across Africa and Asia
As Wildlife Projects Manager, Kelvin was instrumental in rebuilding Caribwhale (The Caribbean Whale Watchers Association), promoting whale watching as a viable long-term economic alternative and livelihood opportunity for coastal communities.
Kelvin also provided IFAW leadership and representation on the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force (BCTF), a group of concerned conservation and animal protection organizations, who were united in calling for immediate steps to address the commercial bushmeat crisis in tropical African countries, including urgent actions to halt the negative consequences of the illegal commercial trade in endangered and threatened species.
Special Assistant to the Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection Programme, IFAW International
Wildlife Projects Manager, Animals in Crisis and Distress Program, IFAW International
Forest Officer, Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division, Dominica
Postgraduate coursework, Natural Resource Management, University of New Hampshire, USA
Certificate, Strategic Frameworks for Non-Profit Organizations, Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education, USA
Certificate, Project Management, George Mason University, School of Continuing Professional Education, USA
Master of Science (MSc), Biodiversity Conservation, University of Hull, UK
Master of Arts, Economics, City College of New York, USA
Diploma in Forestry, Cyprus Forestry College, Republic of Cyprus
- Alie, K. 2008. Whales: more valuable alive than dead? A question for decision makers in Eastern Caribbean whale-watching destinations. Journal of Business, Finance and Economics in Emerging Economies. Vol. 3. No. 1 (2008): 177-190.
- Davis BW, Alie K, Fielding W, Morters M, Galindo F. 2007. Characteristics of the owned dog population in Roseau, Dominica. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 10.2 (2007): 141-151
- Alie K, Davis BW, Fielding W, Galindo F. 2007. Caribbean attitudes towards dogs and other “pets”: Dominica, a case study. Anthrozoos 20.2 (2007): 143-154.
- Alie, J.K. & Christian, C.S 1996. Protected Areas Management: The Commonwealth of Dominica Experience. Proceedings of the meeting of Caribbean Foresters, Grenada. 8: 30-34. Rio Piedras USDA Puerto Rico.