David’s energy, warm-heartedness, humour and kindness will be remembered by all who had the pleasure of meeting him. David was passionate about sustainability in general and forest conservation in particular, and a gifted professional who inspired respect from everyone who worked with him. His enthusiasm for the natural world also manifested itself in an exceptional talent for wildlife photography.
David joined Proforest in 2013. As Proforest’s Conservation and Land Use Director, he made a huge contribution to efforts to reduce deforestation. David was relentless in driving forward the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 Africa Palm Oil Initiative, and led our work on High Conservation Values (HCVs) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) initiatives, playing a key role in the recent HCS convergence process.
We know that the news of David’s death will come as a terrible shock to many within the global conservation community. We have already been very touched by messages and memories that we have received from his many friends and colleagues throughout the world. Knowing how much David was liked and valued by all who worked with him is a great comfort.
Our thoughts are with David’s wife, Marceline, their three children and wider family at this sad time.