VCA Auditors

A VCA Auditor is responsible for an independent peer-review of  a VCA  management plan or performance report. VCA Auditors also serve as technical advisors to the VCA approach.

See further below for information on how to become a VCA Auditor.

To register your area as a VCA, you will need to have your management plan audited by a VCA Auditor. More information on what is covered in a VCA audit can be found in the VCA Standard.

You may choose from the roster below or you may ask a respected, independent conservation expert to submit an application to become your VCA Auditor.

Roster of VCA Auditors

Ameer Abdulla
IUCN Senior Advisor for Marine Conservation Science
Steven de Bie
The Netherlands
De Gemeynt member-partner
Alasdair Edwards
United Kingdom
Emeritus Professor of Coral Reef Ecology, Newcastle University
Urban Emanuelsson
Professor, Swedish Centre for Biodiversity
Jan Fehse
United Kingdom
Value for Nature Consulting & Earthmind Senior Associate
Mariano Gimenez-Dixon
Wildlife and conservation biology consultant
Josep Germain i Otzet
Environmental consultant and member of the Consell de Protecció de la Natura in Catalonia
Jesse Hastings
Researcher and strategist, Altus Impact & Earthmind Senior Associate
Joel Houdet
South Africa
Director and senior consultant, Integrated Sustainability Services
Zoltan Kun
Wildness advocate, VTK Innosystem Ltd
Olaf Linden
Retired Professor, Wold Maritime University
Sandy Nurvianto
Lecturer and Researcher, Faculty of Forestry, Universitas Gadjah Mada
Lida Pet-Soede
Leader Marine Unit, PT Hatfield Indonesia
Derek Pomeroy
Retired Professor, Makerere University
Brian Reilly
South Africa
Professor of Nature Conservation, Tshwane University of Technology
Shingo Shibata
Professor, Sophia University
Jonathan Spencer
United Kingdom
Head of Planning & Environment, Forest Enterprise
Vladivoj Vancura
Director Wilderness Development, European Wilderness Society
Ton van der Zon
The Netherlands
Ecologist & IUCN CEM and WCPA member

Become a VCA Auditor

A prospective VCA Auditor needs to submit an application letter and a CV. The letter should include contact information, current employment details, academic qualifications, and a summary of relevant professional experience and expertise. It must be signed and dated and include the following sentence:

‘I hereby apply to become a VCA Auditor and agree to maintain a highest standard of professional integrity in verifying compliance of conservation area management plans and performance reports with the VCA Standard.

Please email your letter and CV to