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Galeo Saintz

environmental peace . trails . conservation

Hi, I am Galeo Saintz. I work internationally in environmental peace, trails and conservation. Every now and then I also write some poetry.

I am founder and co-founder of multiple non-profit organizations and initiatives linked to trails and conservation issues. . .

My skills are leading and convening civil society non-profit boards, international task teams, projects and expeditions.

As the Founding Chair of the World Trails Network, a Swiss-based international non-profit association working for trails globally, I help shape a global outdoor industry that makes a difference to rural communities, to nature and to tourism. My role as Co-Chair of the IUCN – CEESP Commission’s Theme on Environment and Peace, and its Task Force on Migration and Environmental Change, fosters collaboration for environmental peacebuilding.

I have led multiple conservation focused expeditions raising awareness and funds for projects facilitating co-existence with other species. These included the 300km Rhino Reality expedition on foot through 8 protected areas in the heart of black and white rhino territory in South Africa, the Wolf OR-7 Expedition, which followed the dispersal route of a lone wolf for 1,200 miles through Oregon and California in the USA.

I am an accomplished public speaker and storyteller and have given high level presentations at various trails and conservation congresses around the world. As a mountain wilderness guide I love guiding in the Cape Mountains and continue to guide annually on the Rim of Africa Traverse, which I co-founded. I also host the annual Garden Route Walking Festival. I volunteer my professional time in leading multiple international and regional projects through the organizations I have established or engage with.

I have supported and mentored multiple next generation leaders to establish their own NGOs and conservation or trail related projects.

I hold an MSc degree from Schumacher College in the UK. My research interests include the confluence between nature, peace and economics, conservation funding, the link between trails, tourism and conservation, and trails and technology.

Finally, I love adventure – the thrill of a challenge, be it physical or intellectual and the joy of seeing a long held vision come into reality.

I believe in the power of partnership and collaboration.

See some of the links below if you wish to employ my services as a consultant, scientist, trail developer, storyteller, speaker or partner in any new impactful projects or campaigns. 


Galeo Saintz

“To walk in nature is to know who you are, finally. . .
to come to peace at last, in the presence of wild being.”

                                                  –  excerpt from: The Presence of Wild Being

Photograph by Clare Louise Thomas
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