Christopher G R Bowden

Globally Threatened Species Officer for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Chris Bowden is a Globally Threatened Species Officer for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), and his primary role since 2004 has been coordinating the Asian Vulture Programme in South Asia. He is currently Programme Manager for SAVE (Saving Asia’s Vultures from Extinction), a consortium of regional and international organizations committed to the conservation of vultures in South Asia (http://www.save-vultures.org/). Chris is also the Co-Chair of the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group (VSG) since its formation in 2011. He has been based in Bangalore with his family for the past seven years.

Chris has focused on Critically Endangered species for most of his career, including spending four years in a village in SW Cameroon starting a conservation project there, before his seven years in Morocco in the 1990s researching and coordinating efforts for the Northern Bald Ibis. Over the past 30+ years, he has been mainly field-based in Africa, Asia, UK, and the Caribbean following on from breeding ecology work in the UK on Woodlark, Nightjar, and Stone Curlew.