What We Do
International Wildlife Conservation is the international program of the National Wildlife Federation. With over 30 years of experience, the International Wildlife Conservation program combines expertise in the fields of natural resource economics, remote sensing and GIS, international law, and tropical ecology to advance market-based solutions and public policy to eliminate the loss of tropical forests around the world.
We promote “zero deforestation” agriculture production in the tropics, focusing on the commodities that have the greatest impacts on forests and wildlife, such as beef, leather, soy, palm oil, and biomaterials. Our work also focuses on advancing strong and comprehensive international agreements that protect forests and our climate.
Who We Are
Barbara J Bramble is VP for International Conservation and Corporate Strategies at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), and the Board Chair of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. She also serves on the Board of the Forest Stewardship Council. She leads NWF’s advocacy to improve US international policy on climate change and forest conservation, and builds consensus with business on sustainable procurement including voluntary certification for agricultural and forest products. Before joining NWF, she served as legal advisor to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and as an environmental lawyer in private practice. Ms. Bramble’s JD is from George Washington University, and BA from George Mason University.
Nathalie Walker, PhD, is Senior Manager, Tropical Forest and Agriculture at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). She has over ten years of experience in researching and addressing drivers of tropical deforestation, working for the NWF, the Global Canopy Programme and Oxford University’s Department of International Development. Although she started her career working in tropical forests, recognizing that the greatest threats to forests often lie far outside of them, Dr Walker has focused her work in recent years on private sector, civil society and government initiatives to reduce deforestation.
As manager of the Tropical Forest and Agriculture Project, David Burns leads NWF’s work on palm oil, most notably in Southeast Asia, providing strategic counsel as a member of the High Carbon Stock Approach Steering Group and as lead liaison to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. David also follows the international climate negotiations for NWF, focusing on land use, avoided deforestation (REDD+), and agriculture. Prior to joining NWF, David worked on land use finance and policy at the World Bank and as a consultant.
As manager of the Tropical Forest and Agriculture project, Simon Hall leads NWF’s work on cattle and soy in Latin America. He is the liaison to the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) as well as the Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock (GTPS). As the lead natural resource economist, Simon provides strategic guidance in the application of economic decision making tools and market-based approaches to conservation. Prior to joining NWF, Simon worked on land use change and agriculture expansion in frontier regions of the Brazilian Amazon as a researcher and consultant with Salisbury University and North Carolina State University.
As the Manager of the Collaboration for Forests and Agriculture (CFA) for the National Wildlife Federation, Kemel A. B. Kalif, leads NWF’s work with WWF and TNC and other strategic partners in Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. Kemel is a trained Agronomist, based in São Paulo, Brazil. He earned his PhD in Sustainable Development from the Federal University of Pará and completed a post-doc in Ecological Economics at Estate University of Campinas. Kemel has over 20 years of experience in rural sustainable development in Brazil. Prior to joining NWF, he worked at the International Institute for Sustainability (IIS), Amigos da Terra – Amazônia Brasileira (AdT) and the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM).
Nicole Flores is the Coordinator for the Tropical Forests and Agriculture Project at NWF. She works to strengthen and advance zero-deforestation cattle supply chains in the Brazilian Amazon through the exploration of market-based incentives for sustainable production. Nicole has worked in Central America, Peru, and Indonesia to promote and evaluate natural resource management efforts. Nicole has a MS in Applied Economics from Virginia Tech and a dual BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan.
Alec is the International Conservation Program Intern at NWF. His main responsibility is to provide research and administrative support to the team. Alec has conducted research on advanced waste-to-energy technologies, international and domestic forest policy, mitigation equity, and the livelihood implications of new commodity landscapes. He received his BS in Environmental Policy with a minor in Portuguese Language and Literature from Rutgers University. In the future Alec plans to get a Master’s degree in Human Geography from the Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil where he will study and research the intersections of environmental degradation, poverty, and resource equity.
Camila Flanagan, born in Bogota, Colombia, is a member of the National Wildlife Federation’s International Wildlife Conservation team as the Program Assistant for the Tropical Forests and Agriculture Project. She supports work to reduce deforestation associated with the production of key agricultural commodities (beef, leather, soy and palm oil) in South America. Camila received a BA in International Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Camila has also studied global development and wildlife conservation in India and Tanzania.