Claire manages the Global Database on Protected Area Management Effectiveness (GD-PAME) and works to update the database with global partners. She works on the Protected Planet Initiative, which is the global authority on protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures data. Her focus is on Western and Central Africa, leading UNEP-WCMC’s work in this region through the BIOPAMA programme.
As part of her role, Claire is working with governments, non-governmental organisations, academia and industry to build technical capacity in spatial analysis and data management at a national and regional level.
Claire has worked internationally with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Cambodia and with the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone. Both of these projects aimed at building local capacity and promoting the local communities to lead on conservation initiatives.
Claire is originally from Canada where she obtained her BSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UBC. She then went on to an MSc in Behaviour Evolution and Conservation from UNIL in Switzerland. Her thesis focused on conservation prioritisation using decision support tools, GIS, and species distribution modelling.
The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA) aims to improve the long-term conservation and sustainable use of natural resource in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, in protected areas and surrounding communities.
Claire focuses on the Western and Central Africa region, and works with government agencies, private, community and NGO actors to pull together the most up to date information on protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures. These data feed into the following databases that underpin the Protected Planet Initiative:
Claire provides support for the Norwegian Oil for Development (OfD) Programme to strengthen the capacity of government institutions in Myanmar to manage the biodiversity impacts of oil and gas development.