From 2001-02 our Director Paul Gill was a member of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Non-Native Species Policy Review Working Group. This resulted in the Review of non-native species policy: Report of the working group. This group recognised that many non-native species do not become invasive nor cause problems. However when non-native species become invasive they can transform ecosystems, and threaten native and endangered species. The report made eight key recommendations to improve measures to limit the ecological and economic impact of invasive non-native species in Great Britain.
Prior to this he was for three years a Founder Member of Zoos Forum, established by UK Government to implement the EC Zoos Directive, which the UK had been a major lobbyist for. The Zoos Forum also provided oversight to the implementation of the modernisation of Zoo Standards, inspection and licensing procedures. As the senior author of the Zoos Forum Handbook Chapter on Sustainability in UK Zoos, intended as guidance on Sustainability for Zoos, he described the types of design and construction techniques, operational activities and sustainability initiatives which can enable animal collections large and very small to fulfil the Zoo licence requirement for a Conservation, Education and/or Research programme. He was also a co-author of the Zoos Forum Handbook Chapter on Conservation, Education and Research, subsequently revised and updated as the Zoos Expert Committee Handbook November 2012.
Paul previously worked with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) primarily on the re-introduction of the Scimitar-horned Oryx antelope into its former range in Tunisia. In 1991 on behalf of the Zoological Society of London he evaluated the oryx re-introduction project and the rehabilitation of Bou Hedma National Park and Biosphere Reserve in Tunisia reporting in French to the Direction Générale des Forêts, Ministère de l’Agriculture, in Tunis. He subsequently served on the RZSS Animal Welfare & Ethics Committee and was a founder member of the RZSS Science Advisory Committee.