Claire’s work focuses on supporting the species-related conventions and agreements, with particular emphasis on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations. She is responsible for project coordination and production of reports, as well as the provision of scientific and technical advice, contributing to species assessments and developing work on the economic valuation of trade in CITES species.
Prior to joining UNEP-WCMC in 2008, Claire spent five years at the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, working for the UK CITES Scientific Authority (Fauna). In this role she advised UK Government on scientific aspects of CITES implementation, and contributed to a review of the UK’s obligations and policies on international biodiversity conservation. She also spent several years researching orang-utan population density and distribution in Central Kalimantan, Borneo. Claire has a BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Environmental Management (Ecology, Conservation and Wildlife Management).
Claire managed this report bringing together perspectives and lessons learned from numerous CITES experts, with key findings from trade data analysis over the Convention’s 40 years. Key challenges and lessons for the Convention’s future implementation in the areas of science, compliance and enforcement were highlighted.
Claire manages and undertakes a variety of work to support the CITES Secretariat, Scientific Committees and the Parties. These have included: management of the CITES Review of Significant Trade project (a key compliance process), analysis of CITES biennial reports, and a global analysis of trade in CITES Appendix I-listed species.
Claire produces and reviews reports and analyses for the EU Scientific Review Group (SRG) representing EU CITES Scientific Authorities. She has also managed the development of online tools to support the SRG, including an electronic library of documents and captive breeding database.