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Katherine Despot Belmonte

Programme Officer | Ecosystem Assessment and Policy Support

Katherine is responsible for the Centre’s gender and biodiversity work, which includes leading projects to ensure the integration of a gender perspective in the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Katherine also provides advice on mainstreaming gender in project implementation. As part of this role, she has developed the Gender Action Plan for the GEF CONNECT project.

Katherine has extensive experience in biodiversity indicators and gender-responsive indicators. She leads indicator related projects and is a core member of the Secretariat of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP), which is hosted at UNEP-WCMC.

Previous experience & expertise

Katherine has a background in international relations and sustainable development. She holds an MSc in Environment, Science and Society, a Master’s in International Relations and Human Rights, and a Business and Management (Hons) degree. Her academic research and fieldwork focused on indigenous people’s rights, traditional knowledge and women-led sustainable enterprises.

Recent work by Katherine Despot Belmonte

Towards a gender-responsive post-2020 global biodiversity framework |

Katherine leads the Centre’s work for further integrating a gender perspective in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.  Through a collaboration with UN Women, a number of gender-responsive indicators have been identified that could potentially be included in the post-2020 framework for monitoring progress towards gender equality priorities (equal access to biological resources, fair and equitable sharing of benefits, and equal engagement in all levels of decision-making processes).

Katherine also supported the CBD Secretariat with the review of the CBD Gender Plan of Action (2015-2020). This work aims to inform the potential development of a new CBD Gender Plan of Action, post-2020.

Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP) |

Katherine is currently the Acting Coordinator of the Secretariat of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership. In this role, she coordinates contributions from the BIP towards the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, as well as managing indicator related projects.

Impacts of trade liberalisation on biodiversity |

Katherine leads UNEP-WCMC’s contributions towards an EC funded project that aims to develop a methodology to assess the impact of trade liberalisation on biodiversity and ecosystem services. In this role she is leading the identification of a core set of indicators and metrics to be used in EU sustainability impact assessments for trade agreements with non-EU countries.