environmental peace . trails . conservation . poetry
Hi, I am Galeo.
I work internationally in environmental peace, trails and conservation.
I am founder and co-founder of multiple non-profit organizations and initiatives linked to trails and conservation issues. I am a mountain wilderness guide and lead unique trips and expeditions linked to conservation & ecological awareness.
When time allows I write poetry and reflection pieces.
Click below for further details and how to work with me. . .
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 Rhino Reality campaign and expedition. A journey of 300km 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 I continue to guide annually on the Rim of Africa Traverse, which I co-founded in 2009. 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 mechanisms, the link between trails, tourism and conservation, corridors and ecology, holism and complex systems.
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.
If you wish to partner, collaborate or employ my services for high impact projects or campaigns linked to conservation, trails or environmental peacebuilding, as a:
- expedition facilitator
- whole systems scientist
- trail developer / trail auditor
- storyteller or keynote speaker
Write me a note. Click on the email link below and make contact.
“. . . finally you took that walk with nature
and came to know who you are quietly,
a heart of peace, at last
in the presence of wild being and becoming.”
– Excerpt from the poem: Presence of Wild Being