Name: Islam Mohammad Elsadek Mohammad

Where he works: Egypt- Red Sea Protectorates, Responsible for Marsa Alam Office at the moment

Job title: Environmental Researcher

What is your favorite part of your job?

Conservation and research that deals with conservation

What challenge comes up regularly as part of your work?

The challenges I face for the moment is finding well experienced people to work with me, and finding some funds which I need for a big project (Monitoring Program).

If you could ask Rod Salm anything, what would you ask?

I asked him already and he helped me in designing the monitoring program- specifically, with what is the best to do according to the resources available.

What is the scariest thing you’ve seen in your work? 

The scariest thing I have seen for the Red Sea is that we need more effort for conservation in the region, and with the current situation, I cannot see that in the future. And for the ocean, I think the scariest thing for now is climate change, and bycatch which is the biggest problem as I see for conservation at the moment.

In 10 years, where do you see yourself living and working?

It is pretty far in the future, but for me I hope to do more for conservation in the Red Sea. Now I'm trying to finish my Master’s degree which is dealing with conservation, and later I will try to find a job dealing with conservation and being more flexible and applied with conservation in my region.

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Comment by Yasser Saied on September 10, 2013 at 4:11pm

The more challenges you face Islam, the more experience and skills you get as a manager, this is life .

I agree there are many problems around regarding availability of resources and funding and many more but Just keep optimistic about the future buddy,

I personally guess this is a key issue for a conservationist in addition to the well. it always gives you a motivation for success.

 Keep up the good work, The Red Sea Deserve it.

Comment by Volanirina Ramahery on September 10, 2013 at 12:09am

thanks Islam for this.

i agree that finding people with the right competence and funding are big challenges in conservation in general. there are different problems to tackle in conservation, not only about biodiversity but also related to the community, livelihoods, local culture, climate change etc. and often knowledge we've acquired at the university are not enough as things evolve very quickly too. thus, short courses like the TNC one are very useful for MPA managers and marine conservation practitioners.

funding has always been a problem and i think we need to be more creative in looking for more sustainable financing system and try to be less dependent on external funding. we therefore need to work with financial / business people for conservation.

another challenge that we have to face is having the appropriate management policy (including laws and enforcement).

Comment by Cherie Wagner on September 9, 2013 at 9:34am

It is very interesting to hear about your work in the Red Sea area and I think the current and future challenges you mentioned are felt in other area as well. I would love to hear from others about how they are addressing these challenges.

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