Noel Oettlé is a Senior Advisor with the Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG). He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Development from the University of London. Prior to joining EMG in 1998, he served as Director of the Farmer Support Group at the University of KwaZulu Natal. His work focuses on enabling marginalised land-users to enhance their livelihoods by enhancing the sustainable use of natural resources with the support of scientific researchers, institutional development and improved market access. This includes providing support to organic certified small-scale producers to conserve biodiversity in their production systems, adapt their land use practices to climatic variability, establish co-operatives and enter global markets. He is currently implementing the knowledge-sharing and capacity development component of the GEF-funded AVACLIM agroecology project.