Nina’s role is to provide support and scientific input to technical projects and support the development of work related connectivity and protected area management effectiveness. In particular, identifying available tools that can be used to improve the way we measure connectivity and management effectiveness.
Nina Bhola has a PhD in ecology from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Her thesis focuses on investigating the effects of climate and land use changes on the spatio-temporal dynamics of wildlife and vegetation within protected areas and their surrounding pastoral rangelands in Africa. Nina worked with the World Wide Fund for Nature-Eastern Africa Programme (WWF- EARPO). She also has extensive knowledge of large biodiversity datasets, particularly in Africa. Her expertise is in long-term biodiversity monitoring in PAs, statistical analyses and GIS.
This project aims to help promote both the Ecosystem Management Approach (EMA) and Green Economy planning at national scale by providing data tools, analysis, guidance, technical assistance and monitoring support to tackle the problem of increasing habitat and ecosystem fragmentation.
Nina is developing a project portfolio looking at ways to identify those management activities which result in well managed protected areas that show positive outcomes for biodiversity.