Heather’s role in the Protected Areas Programme is to maintain the ICCA (indigenous peoples’ and community conserved territories and areas) Registry, and to collate data on non-government protected areas for the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA). She is responsible for sourcing data on ICCAs and privately protected areas, in addition to being the focal point for Pacific protected areas data.
Heather has previously worked for Archelon, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, and has completed internships with ActionAid UK and Seaweb. She has a Masters in Biology with Conservation and Biodiversity from the University of Sheffield.
Heather is leading the Centre’s work as part of the ICCA (indigenous peoples’ and community conserved territories and areas) Global Support Initiative. She is responsible for sourcing data on protected areas under the governance of local communities and indigenous peoples, and integrating these data into the WDPA and ICCA Registry.
As part of the WDPA team, Heather manages data on protected areas in the Pacific region, in addition to ICCAs and Privately Protected Areas globally. She is responsible for maintaining contact with focal points in Pacific countries, and quality-checking incoming data.
Heather is involved with the IUCN WCPA task force that aims to develop criteria for ‘other effective area-based conservation measures’ (OECMs). Although these areas are part of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11, they have not yet been defined. The task force aims to address this.