Dr Kyle Lloyd is a wetlands conservationist with a strong understanding of the correlation between the protection of our environment and the sustainability of our society. Through his work as a project manager at BirdLife SA, he has been instrumental in defending regional wetlands.
As a child, Lloyd grew up on a chicken farm where he gained an early understanding of nature and how we interact with it. His curiosity and love for nature and his determination to protect it emerged as a result of his adventures with his brother and the animals on their farm. This resulted in Lloyd studying zoology, in which he now has a PhD.
BirdLife SA works to protect ecosystems by supporting South Africa’s indigenous bird populations and creating greater harmony between people and the natural habitats they interact with. One of his proudest achievements at BirdLife SA has been the declaration of the only confirmed breeding site of the white-winged flufftail in the southern hemisphere as a nature reserve.
Lloyd asserts that conservation is not just the responsibility of the few. It’s on all of us. Many of our fundamental human rights — such as clean water and breathable air — are inextricably linked to the health of the environment. By degrading biospheres, we inhibit nature’s ability to provide us with these basic “services”, and it is the poorest and most vulnerable who suffer most.
He encourages people to take the time to learn about and support conservation efforts through volunteering, donating and finding ways to use their existing experience and skills outside of the conservationist paradigm to support conservation efforts. If we see conservation as our collective responsibility, we can apply different strategic and practical approaches to really enact change.
Many of our fundamental human rights… are inextricably linked to the health of the environment