Pete Whitbread-Abrutat

Pete Whitbread-Abrutat

Owner, Future Terrains

Peter Whitbread-Abrutat established Future Terrains to apply his broad and diverse experience of the natural resources sector, landscape restoration and sustainable development, into delivering better practice on the ground. While working in industry, academia and civil society, and often in remote, difficult environments, he has been involved with, and researched some of, the world’s most significant landscape restoration projects.

He has worked widely with the international mining industry on many commodities including, base metals, precious metals, coal, industrial minerals, and in the tropical forestry sector – always with a focus on improving practice and restoring degraded lands. He has extensive experience across Europe, North and South America, Africa, South-East Asia, Australasia, Central Asia and the Former Soviet Union.

Pete specialises in developing knowledge by combining practical experience with academic and policy research including of environmental and socio-economic good practice from other sectors, to develop workable, pragmatic solutions to clients’ challenges.

Prior to Future Terrains Pete worked at Wardell Armstrong International providing consultancy services on the environmental and social performance of international mining development projects, ESIAs and mine closure planning.

For many years Pete worked at the Eden Project in several varied roles, and originally as part of the team that developed this world class environmental visitor destination and educational charity from a worked out china clay pit in Cornwall, UK. Key activities included: developing and managing the horticultural technical support team; research and development of the artificial soils programme; assisting development of the Eden Foundation; managing partnerships with external organisations; international collaborative projects; developing and managing the strategic partnership with Rio Tinto; developing the Post-Mining Alliance; and managing the Eden Friends scheme and re-launching and editing the Eden magazine.

Before Eden, at the Camborne School of Mines (CSM), University of Exeter, Pete was the principal researcher on a research and capacity-building project with the Government of Thailand investigating the remediation of mining-related contaminated land in rural Thailand. He gained his PhD, entitled the Improvement of Tree Establishment of Metalliferous Mine Wastes, from CSM in 1995. He had previously graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences.

In 2011 he received a prestigious Travelling Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to research world class landscape restoration in North and South America (see link here). A comprehensive technical report was published, as well as a travelblog (, and numerous publications on landscape restoration have been produced from this experience.

Pete is also a co-founder and director of Ulex Consulting Ltd – a co-operative consultancy of independent experts that is committed to ‘reconciling ecological and social integrity with economic development’.

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