Jonathan Barzdo

Jonathan Barzdo is an independent consultant, focusing primarily on issues relating to the use of wild animals and plants and regulation of wildlife trade. He supports governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, institutions and companies to ensure that such trade is legal, sustainable and well managed. His work also encompasses organizational governance related to conservation management.

He was formerly: Deputy Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; Chief of Governing Bodies of the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); consultant for the European Commission, where he drafted the regulations that implement CITES in the European Union; Head of the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Unit of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre; and Director of TRAFFIC International. Earlier in his career, he was a wildlife consultant, warden of a bird hospital, a zoo keeper, and a genetics research assistant.