Simon Counsell, UK

Independent researcher and writer on conservation and human rights, nature-based solutions, forests, and carbon offsetting

Simon Counsell is an independent researcher and writer on conservation, human rights, and ‘nature-based’ climate solutions, and currently an advisor to the international indigenous rights advocacy group, Survival International. He was for 23 years the Executive Director of the Rainforest Foundation UK, a London-based NGO which supports indigenous and traditional peoples of the world’s rainforests in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfil their rights. He has been on the front line of campaigns to protect the world’s forests for more than three decades, previously leading the international forests campaign for Friends of the Earth. He has a BSc in Environmental Science and an MSc in Forestry and Land Use from Oxford University.