Trekking in Northern Sumatra.

Trekking in Northern Sumatra.

Shannon Noelle Rivera

My name is Shannon Noelle Rivera. Based in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, I am focused on the importance of collaborative conservation including incorporating animal welfare considerations into conservation work and identifying gender-sensitive strategies within conservation practice. I am an elected board member for the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania; a project consultant working in urban forestry; and a committee member on the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance’s Nāhululeihiwakuipapa Next-Gen Committee.

I completed a Master of Science in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics, and Law from the University of Winchester. My research examined the disposal options for illegally traded and confiscated live animals in Southeast Asia. A goal of mine is to advance the development of holistic strategies to improve management of live animal confiscations with the hope that animals rescued from the illegal trade will be treated more ethically and humanely.

CITES’ CoP18 is being held only months after completing my MSc focused on the illegal wildlife trade. I honestly feel that this opportunity to participate as a Y4WC delegate will allow me to learn from my counterparts from around the world and become a stronger conservation leader. It will bring me one-hundred steps closer to advancing strategies to combat the illegal wildlife trade; my long-term goal.