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Matt Walpole

Director of Programmes (Science, Economics, Policy and Partnerships) | Senior Management Team

As part of UNEP-WCMC’s Senior Management Team, Matt is working to improve internal coordination, coherence and capacity in order to enhance external impact. Matt oversees a cluster of largely cross-cutting programmes and is also responsible for guiding the Centre’s approach to quality assurance and performance monitoring. Matt represents the Centre in various international science and science-policy fora, and is actively seeking to enhance UNEP-WCMC’s profile and strategic opportunities in new areas and with new partners.

Previous experience & expertise

Matt joined UNEP-WCMC at the beginning of 2008 to lead the Ecosystem Assessment Programme, developing a broad range of work on biodiversity and ecosystem service indicators and assessments nationally and globally, as well as exploring linkages to human wellbeing, poverty reduction and mainstream development agendas. Matt has a PhD in ecology and has worked in both academic and NGO sectors focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to conservation worldwide.

Recent work by Matt Walpole

Fourth Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4) | Coordinating Lead Author

UNEP-WCMC is a key partner in the delivery of the Fourth Global Biodiversity Outlook for the CBD, tracking progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and modeling longer-term implications for biodiversity and society. Matt sits on the GBO-4 Advisory Board and as CLA is working to harmonize information on current trends with future projections.

Ramsar ‘State of the Worlds Wetlands’ assessment | Task Leader

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance is gearing up for the preparation of a global assessment. Matt sits on Ramsar’s Scientific and Technical Review Panel and is co-lead for this priority task. Currently this involves overseeing the development of new global wetland indicators and the preparation of thematic factsheets.

UK National Ecosystem Assessment | Director

Matt directed the Secretariat of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment during its first phase (2009-2011), overseeing the UNEP-WCMC team that coordinated over 500 scientists to deliver the first assessment of the past, present and future values of nature to society across all four countries, which was a key input to Defra’s White Paper on the Natural Environment (2011).