Matt is responsible for the creation of the Centre’s future portfolio across all Programmes. This includes ensuring that new and existing partnerships and relationships are healthy and productive, supporting and delivering a strategic flow of work and funding sufficient to achieve our strategic objectives.
Matt joined UNEP-WCMC at the beginning of 2008 to lead the Ecosystem Assessment Programme, developing a broad range of work on biodiversity and ecosystem service indicators and assessments nationally and globally, as well as exploring linkages to human wellbeing, poverty reduction and mainstream development agendas. Matt has a PhD in ecology and has worked in both academic and NGO sectors focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to conservation worldwide.
UNEP-WCMC was a key partner in the delivery of the Fourth Global Biodiversity Outlook for the CBD, tracking progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and modeling longer-term implications for biodiversity and society. Matt sat on the GBO-4 Advisory Board and as CLA worked to harmonize information on current trends with future projections.
The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance is gearing up for the preparation of a global assessment. Matt sits on Ramsar’s Scientific and Technical Review Panel and is co-lead for this priority task. Currently this involves overseeing the development of new global wetland indicators and the preparation of thematic factsheets.
Matt directed the Secretariat of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment during its first phase (2009-2011), overseeing the UNEP-WCMC team that coordinated over 500 scientists to deliver the first assessment of the past, present and future values of nature to society across all four countries, which was a key input to Defra’s White Paper on the Natural Environment (2011).