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Edward Lewis

Programme Officer | Conserving Land and Seascapes

Since arriving at UNEP-WCMC as an intern, Edward has progressed through several positions, all of which having a strong reliance on GIS methodologies. Edward uses these GIS skills daily by helping the collation, management and analysis of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA). Recently, Edward has also been a focal point in the Protected Areas Programme for systematic conservation planning, an approach to create effective networks of Protected Areas at the minimum possible cost.

Previous experience & expertise

Edward’s early career experience was predominantly as a field ecologist in the woodlands of central Scotland. After graduating from Edinburgh University in 2014 with a degree in ecology and forestry he came to UNEP-WCMC to intern in the Protected Areas Programme.

Recent work by Edward Lewis

Systematic conservation planning in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands | Project Leader

Working in collaboration with the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Edward is leading a team to help delineate the priority areas for conservation on these South Atlantic islands.

Systematic conservation planning in Colombia | Project Leader

Edward coordinated a team at the Centre to aid the Rainforest Trust in deciding what parts of north-western Colombia would benefit the most from biodiversity conservation.

Temporal trends in the WDPA | Lead Researcher

Edward, in collaboration with the Luc Hoffman Institute, is undertaking groundbreaking research into how the world's conservation estate has evolved over recent years.