Philip Patton

Provisionally licensed assessor
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Licensed assessor since 24 July 2015

Assessor performance

1 Satisfactory Report at second submission. Qualified to lead HCV and HCV-HCSA assessments.


Phil Patton holds a B.Sc. Honours (Environmental and Geographical Science) from the University of Cape Town, and a B.Sc (Geology, Botany and Environmental Management) from the University of Port Elizabeth. He is an experienced Ecologist and Ornithologist, and has been registered as a Professional Natural Scientist since 2012. Phil has over 19 years of consulting experience in ecological assessments and environmental auditing within the agriculture, mining, and other industries. He has working experience in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Phil has HCV and HCS experience in a number of Palm Oil Plantation Projects in Central Congo Basin, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Myanmar (Burma).


Mammals, Birds, Reptiles and amphibians, Botany, Forest ecology, Hydrology, Soils, Forestry, Grasslands, Freshwaters, Endemic species, Insects, Carbon studies, Landscape ecology, Biodiversity conservation, Ecosystem services
, Anthropology, Stakeholder consultation, Development studies, Migration studies, Livelihoods, Community land use, Socio-economic survey methods , GIS, LIDAR, Carbon mapping

Thematic scope

Land use planning, Habitat management/restoration, Protected areas, Freshwaters management, Environmental and social impact assessments
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Rainforest Alliance, IFC Performance Standards, World Bank
ISO14000 series
Timber and wood-based products, Pulp and paper, Oil palm, Cotton, Soy, Rubber, Sugar, Coffee, Beef, Minerals


Sub-Saharan Africa, Islands of Africa, Central America, Northeastern Asia, Southeastern Asia, Southern Asia, Western Asia, Central Europe, Pacific Islands
Botswana, Cameroon, Congo, The Democratic Republic of the, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


Language English (Native or bilingual proficiency)
Language French (Limited working proficiency)
Language Zulu (Limited working proficiency)