Dr Pete Whitbread-Abrutat's Story
Pete’s Fellowship enabled him to travel for eight weeks through the Americas to explore world class landscape restoration projects. His aim was to identify the elements of success and the main challenges involved in delivering world class landscape restoration projects.
The journey covered several thousand miles and a diverse range of environments. Beginning in the surface coal mining region of the Appalachian mountains of Virginia and Kentucky, USA, Pete went on to research the multi-billion dollar work restoring Florida’s Everglades ecosystem; spent a few days in Costa Rica’s Área de Conservación; and stayed in the Galapagos Islands to meet the people behind the islands’ battle against introduced species and poorly planned development.
Pete then travelled around Brazil, visiting Amazon rainforest restoration projects and wildlife sanctuaries. He finished his trip with a two thousand miles drive through Patagonia, where he saw how National Parks are restoring degraded farming areas for conservation and developing a new regional economy based on eco-tourism.
Pete has written several articles based on the conclusions he drew from his Fellowship, which have been published in academic journals and industry media, and presented at various conferences.
The experience of the Fellowship also gave Pete the confidence and impetus to set up his own business, which he operates as a social enterprise. Future Terrains works nationally and internationally with a mission to tackle the challenge of degraded lands by enhancing environmental and social performance and promoting landscape restoration. His first big job is to work on a project in Afghanistan, funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID), to build environmental capacity in the Afghan government’s Ministry of Mines.
The ‘social enterprise’ aspect of Future Terrains means that, as well as working with the commercial sector, Pete also works with non-profit organisations, running courses, giving lectures and offering advice, including around his home county of Cornwall.