Peter Hunnam is a professional environmental scientist and manager with over 40 years’ experience in planning and management of environmental conservation and sustainability programs and projects, in Australia and overseas.
Locally, Peter has been a Director of the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation (NBRF), member of Noosa Community Biosphere Association (NCBA), Noosa Parks Association (NPA), Noosa Integrated Catchment Association (NICA) and his local Tewantin BushCare Group.
In the ‘70s, Peter was a researcher and lecturer in marine ecology, establishing the first underwater ecology courses and the first marine nature reserves in the UK; and developing marine conservation programs and public aquarium facilities in the Arabian-Persian Gulf, Red Sea and the Mediterranean. The ‘80s were spent in Queensland establishing the field management operations for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Queensland’s Marine Parks and coastal and island National Parks. In the ’90s Peter directed WWF International’s South Pacific Program, establishing a network of community-based conservation and sustainable livelihoods projects in the Pacific island countries across Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.
For the past two decades Peter has worked as an independent consultant and evaluator, providing technical, management and capacity building services to international projects in conservation, adaptation, sustainability and environmental management in developing countries, for governments and multinational development organisations, notably the UN agencies and the Global Environment Facility, as well as Australian and other countries’ aid programs, non-government and community organisations, education and research institutes and the private sector.
Peter has a BSc Honours degree in Biological Sciences from the University of East Anglia UK, Master’s in Natural Resources Science from the University of New England, and is currently undertaking research at the Sustainability Research Centre, University of Sunshine Coast.