Barbara’s role in the Climate Change and Biodiversity Programme is to contribute to the implementation of projects and other initiatives that support effective decision-making on biodiversity and climate change policy in developing countries, with particular emphasis on: reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) in Africa, and managing ecosystems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Barbara’s academic background is in conservation biology, focusing on animal ecology. She has a professional experience in south-east Asia, where she worked for WWF-Greater Mekong Programme on various projects from forest cover change and ecosystem services assessments, to Ecosystem based Adaptation and REDD+ projects. Before joining UNEP-WCMC, she was working for Zoological Society of London in Thailand, managing elephant and pangolin conservation projects. Barbara holds a BSc in Biological Sciences and an MSc in Ecobiology, both from the Sapienza University of Rome.
Barbara provides spatial planning support for REDD+ planning that integrates biodiversity and ecosystem services benefits, by facilitating technical workshops, providing Geographic Information Systems support and providing recommendations on spatial analyses needed for the implementation of REDD+