A trained biologist, Christoph Walder has worked for WWF Austria since 1989. He has been responsible for numerous national and international conservation campaigns, including for the protection of rivers and endangered species and the creation of nature reserves around Europe. He has coordinated European conservation projects and task forces, is the WWF representative at the International Alpine Convention and is a member of Tyrol's advisory council for nature issues.
Christoph Walder is now the head of WWF Austria's nature conservation department, as well as the CEO of the nature conservation company "Ecotone - experts for ecology" (www.ecotone.at). Since 1995 he has focused extensively on researching and protecting endangered species, particularly bats and amphibians, together with Anton Vorauer. Ecotone has been responsible for national and international research and conservation projects.
Ecotone's work has included several film projects, including a critical documentary about the Ilisu dam in Turkey. The film "Climate Crimes" by Uli Eichelmann (CEO/RiverWatch) was realised with the technical assistance of Ecotone. In the last 15 years, the company has released many other nature documentaries, including films about the natural treasures of Costa Rica, moor conservation in the Alps, bat protection in Tyrol, nature conservation projects organised by the city of Innsbruck and controversial hydropower projects throughout Austria.