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Abigail Burns

Programme Officer | Ecosystem Assessment and Policy Support

Abi provides support to a range of projects and activities within the Ecosystem Assessment Programme, as well as other Programmes across the Centre. In particular, she supports work on ecosystem and natural capital assessments, the development of biodiversity indicators, and data collation and presentation for decision-making.

Previous experience & expertise

Before joining the Centre, Abi worked for Natural England developing agri-environment schemes and advising on the management of protected sites across the South-East of England. Abi's specific area of interest lies in integrated land management and as part of her MSc studies she carried out a research project mapping the successes and limitations of this approach across Natura 2000 sites within the UK. Abi has spent time in Canada and Tanzania working with local organisations to promote sustainable development. Abi has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BSc in Zoology from Durham University.

Recent work by Abigail Burns

Blue Economy Strategy |

Collating examples of best practice in ecosystem accounting and assessment in order to inform the adaptation and development of this strategy for ocean and coastal environments. Identifying data needs and capacity gaps in order to operationalise natural capital accounting and assessment at regional, national and sub-national levels.

Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP) |

Communicating with global Partners to ensure the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership website remains up-to-date. We hope to provide more comprehensive and accessible information to country users with regard to the development and use of these indicators at a national level.