Michael Senior

Provisionally licensed assessor
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Licensed assessor since 26 January 2017

Assessor performance

0 reports submitted. Performance not verified. Qualified to lead HCV and HCV-HCSA assessments.


Mike has a background in applied tropical forest ecology and conservation biology, and has carried out extensive fieldwork in forest and oil palm environments in Latin America and Malaysian Borneo. His experience covers biodiversity monitoring, landscape conservation and sustainable agricultural and forestry policy, with a particular focus on the palm oil sector and the HCV approach. Mike has also worked on REDD+ and community-based monitoring of ecosystem services, and has a PhD in Tropical Forest Ecology from the University of York. Mike's current work focuses on High Conservation Value (HCV), High Carbon Stock (HCS) and GIS work. This involves conducting HCV/HCS assessments along with developing and supporting new, higher-level tools and approaches on HCV and HCS. Mike has participated in HCV assessments in Papua New Guinea, Gabon and Nigeria and has reviewed assessments conducted in Indonesia.


, GIS, Remote sensing, Land use change, Carbon mapping

Thematic scope

Land use planning, Habitat management/restoration, Protected areas
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
Timber and wood-based products, Pulp and paper, Oil palm, Rubber


Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeastern Asia, Australasia
Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Indonesia, Liberia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Thailand


Language English (Native or bilingual proficiency)
Language French (Moderate working proficiency)
Language Bahasa Indonesia (Limited working proficiency)