Yves Renard currently works as an independent consultant in sustainable development policy and participatory natural resource management (programme evaluation, policy analysis, facilitation of policy formulation and participatory training exercises, and review and development processes within organisations involved in resource management and sustainable development). He has a particular interest and extensive experience in linking natural resource governance, poverty reduction and social development, and in the design of institutions that foster participation and empowerment.

Between 1992 and 2001, Yves Renard served as CANARI’s Executive Director. Since then he has been involved in a range of activities, including: the facilitation of poverty reduction, social policy, land policy and environmental policy processes in several Caribbean countries: scoping studies for programme design and investment strategies in the Caribbean and East Africa; the coordination of research projects on poverty and the environment, sustainable tourism and participatory governance; the conduct of several project evaluations at national and local levels (e.g. Bahamas, Botswana, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Seychelles) and the evaluation of regional programmes and institutions in Europe, the Caribbean, West Africa and Oceania; and the design and facilitation of strategic planning processes, training programmes, institutional audits and reviews on behalf of local, national and international organisations.

Yves Renard has served and continues to serve on the governing bodies of a number of international, national and community-based organisations. He was the President of the Caribbean Conservation Association between 1995 and 2000, and served as the Caribbean representative on the Council of IUCN in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and on the Advisory Board of the Institut de l’Energie and de l’Environnement de la Francophonie (IEPF). He is currently a Director and Interim Coordinator of Panos Caribbean.

Mr Renard has edited books and published guidelines, articles, papers and reports on natural resource management, sustainable development, culture, and community development. He is a co-author of Sharing Power, a major resource book on the participatory governance of natural resources.

In addition to his work in environment and sustainable development, Yves Renard is also involved in cultural work, was a co-producer of the festival Jazz in the South in Saint Lucia, and has provided consultancy services on the development of creative industries.